06 December 2016

SA mourns Sfiso Ncwane

South Africans have expressed shock to the passing of legendary gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane who was popular for his hit song "Kulungile Baba". The 37-year-old multi-award winning star passed away on Monday morning at Life Hospital in Fourways. Sfiso was admitted on Sunday afternoon after a short illness, said the family statement.

 "He was [then] admitted and diagnosed with kidney failure and later, was moved to the Intensive Care Unit [where] he unfortunately took his last breath at 9.30am in the presence of his loving wife Ayanda Ncwane."

Speaking on UKhozi FM on Tuesday morning, musician and close friend Sipho Makhabane, who is serving as a family spokesperson, said he's at a loss for words.
"Sfiso was supposed to perform on Sunday but he couldn't, he was later taken to hospital. Our hearts are broken. We would like to ask SA and the rest of Africa to pray for the family," Makhabane said.

Since the news of his passing, social media has been inundated with messages of condolences, President Zuma also extended his condolences saying, "Sfiso Ncwane's music touched the hearts of millions of South Africans and he is saddened that he has passed on at such a young age his death is a huge loss for not only the music industry in SA but our society as a whole."

Sfiso was born and bred in Mthwalume village in KwaZulu-Natal in April, 1979.  He grew up with his aunt, after his mom had left him.

He started singing at the age of 8 and when he was 10 he joined isiCathamiya group and later changed to gospel music. In his teen years he started playing keyboards, bass guitar and drums without any formal training. He supported his family by performing at churches and weddings.

He recorded his first professional album with Bula Music in 2001 called Vula Amasango. He then launched his own music company called Sfiso Ncwane Productions where he released albums such Baba Ngiyavuma, Kulungile Baba, Bayede Baba and Wethembekile Baba.

In 2013, the singer became the first gospel singer to win Record of the Year at the South African Music Awards, for his hit song "Kulungile Baba".

Sfiso is survived by his wife Ayanda Ncwane and two sons, Ngcweti and Umawenzokuhle

Rest in His peace my friend. The hardest working fellow musician I have ever known. Will miss you!! #sfisoncwane

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Kulungile baba😭 Rip my Brother 🙏🏾#SfisoNcwane

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‪My heart bleeds at the passing of one of our greatest Gospel Artists. He had the most beautiful heart and there was nothing more beautiful than not only seeing how incredibly talented you were but how much you loved your family. There are not enough good men like you.. ulale ngoxolo Bhutwam 💔 #RIPSfisoNcwane #GoneTooSoon

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"Noma kukubi noma kukuhle, kulungile baba makuyi'ntando yakho". Our condolences and hearts go out to @sfisoncwane's family.

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Still hoping this isn't true. What a kind and sweet man. The coolest pastor I ever met. 💚 Go and SING for the angels Bhuti wethu. Praying for all the strength and comfort for your equally amazing wife and beautiful kids. 😢 #rip

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Let me join the millions of South Africans who have expressed their great shock and deep sadness at the sudden passing of our young gospel giant Sfiso Ncwane. I will truly remember him with my highest gratitude and I challenge his friends and fans not to despair during this hour of sadness & grief but to remember the words which he ministered to us #Kulungile_Baba and with these words find solace in the knowledge that he was always ready to reunite with his Creator if that was His will. Condolences to his family...

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