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Sibongile Khumalo in New York in 2014, alongside McCoy Mrubata on tenor saxophone. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

Remembering Sibongile Khumalo, South Africa’s divine diva

She was a vocalist who sang in every style – from Carmen to UShaka – with equal mastery, popularising classical forms and epitomising ‘the new South Africa’.
Sathima Bea Benjamin was seldom recognised during her lifetime as a performer. Ian Bruce Huntley

The marginalised African Songbird who finally became visible again

It took ages for one of African jazz's hidden masterpieces to be reissued. Still today, four decades later, 1976's 'African Songbird' tells volumes about the politics of the time.

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