Multi-talented, soulful and dynamic, Sibongile Khumalo has enchanted diverse audiences all over South Africa and beyond. She interprets with integrity and poise a variety of musical genres. From traditional South African and European sounds, to jazzy melodies, she glides from world to world with specifically South African flavours.
Khumalos immense musical capacity launched her into the limelight when she won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Festival in 1993. She has since performed with numerous celebrated groups and artists and has graced a variety of honoured occasions, amongst them President Nelson Mandela's 75th Birthday and 1994 Inauguration. She also led the South African and New Zealand National anthems at the world cup rugby finals in 1995.
Through the guidance of her father, professor of music Khabi Mngoma, Khumalo began her musical journey at the age of eight under Emily Motsieloa. She has since matured and refined the art which first endeared her to her hometown Soweto supporters many years ago.
She holds music degrees from the University of Zululand (B.A. Mus.) and Wits University (B.A. Hons), as well as a Higher Diploma in Personnel Management (Wits). She has taught and researched music at the University of Zululand, FUBA Academy and at the Madimba Institute of African Music (based at the Funda Centre). Also acting in musicals: Marabi, Baby Come Duze, Once on this Island, and Goree (which toured Europe and the U.S.A.).
Khumalo has treated South Africans to numerous critically acclaimed performances, most notably: The 3 Faces of Sibongile Khumalo (Kippies, Johannesburg 1992); Sibongile Khumalo in Concert (Grahamstown Festival, Market Theatre - Johannesburg, and Baxter Theatre - Cape Town 1993); performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Johannesburg and Cape Town 1994 and 1995); the Brahms Alto Rhapsody (Johannesburg City Hall 1994 and Durban City Hall 1996); Sisters in Synch with Aviva Pelham (Civic Theatre - Johannesburg and Grahamstown Festival 1994); Rhythms of Africa with the National Symphony Orchestra (Sun City, Durban and Johannesburg 1994); Handel's Messiah with Lord Yehudi Menuhin (Cape Town and Johannesburg 1995); Sibongile Khumalo and Friends (Johannesburg 1995). She has also had concerts in France - with conductor Hubert Soudant; Egypt - with the National Symphony Orchestra; and London during Africa '95 with the Brodsky Quartet and at the S.A.A. 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the South African High Commission in London.
Ranking high on her list of 1996 music highlights is Khumalo's debut album, Ancient Evenings - a magical journey through the rich tapestry of South African music culture; her critically acclaimed operatic debut as Carmen (Bizet) in Durban; CD and television recordings of Mzilikazi Khumalo's uShaka ka Senzangakhona; performing at the Two Nations Celebrate concert honouring President Mandela (Royal Albert Hall, London); the SAA/Sibongile Khumalo national tour. During April 1997, Sibongile was the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem under the baton of Sir David Willcocks, during the South African tour of the London Bach Choir.
Through her music, Sibongile Khumalo shares the spice, wisdom, and wealth of experience inherited from her family and community.