A female musician, Nichume Siwundla who is best known for her 2017 hit “Bhutiza” with Mobi Dixon passed away in an apparent suicide on Thursday.
The vocalist was also feature on singles Daydreaming by Fistaz Mixwell and Mobi Dixon, as well as Far Away by DJ Anda featuring Mobi Dixon.
Her brother Qamani Siwundla said in a statement: “We, as a family are in absolute shock as to what has happened. Learning that your sister has succumbed to emotions and taken her own life can never rest well.
“We obviously are left with a lot of questions but also know that she had one of the strongest characters in the family and whatever she was feeling at that moment triggered immense hopelessness. We stand united as a family regardless. Nichume was so loved and appreciated. We’re proud of all her achievements.”
Mobi Dixon who served as a mentor to the King Williams town native said he “will remember Nichume as a bright light at Top Chap Media where we signed her. She truly is gone too soon. May she rest in peace.”
Minister of Arts & Culture, Nathi Mthethwa extended his heartfelt condolences.
“We’re deeply saddened by the tragic passing of a shining star & celebrated musician Nichume Refeloe Siwundla – a talented daughter of the soil whose lovely voice reverberated in our hearts & gifted us lasting memories. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones.”
Edited by Johanna Molokomme