By Zuko Komisa
Sibongile Khumalo, an esteemed member of a musical dynasty that spans generations who is widely regarded as a living legend and national treasure, recently visited the Kaya 959 studio as a stand in presenter for our weekly #InfluentialFridays show. The first of 2018.
Last year on her 60th birthday in collaboration with Kaya 959 and other friends, she hosted an unparalleled three-day concert titled “SIBONGILE KHUMALO – MORE THAN 3 FACES” where she documented and celebrated her musical heritage, legacy, and contribution to a culturally rich musical chronicle tribute. One that is as diverse as our country’s heritage and Khumalo’s considerable talents.
For Khumalo, this was a homecoming of sorts since she was part of the original Kaya 959 line-up in 1997. She opened the show reminiscing about the show she co-hosted with the now late Bra Hugh Masekela who was still battling with cancer at the time.
She also spoke to Thando Msibi, a healer, drama student and longtime student of one the Eastern practices of meditation. The pair had a wonderful conversation on conscious living as they spoke about awareness, paying attention to the universe, understanding intuition and a balanced life.
The show also featured Marcus Desando, Practitioner (opera/? CEO of Arts and Culture Trust as well as Ma-Setlogelo Masote who provided different perspectives on the role and importance of art education.
A highlight of the show was when Sibongile Khumalo spoke to her daughter, Ayanda Khumalo, about inter-generational conversations about sex. The show wrapped up by with a conversation around music and activism in the 21st Century.