Artist Sibongile Khumalo Honorary Arts Doctorate [D. Litt]

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Artist Sibongile Khumalo  Honorary Arts Doctorate [D. Litt]

Sibongile Khumalo is a celebrated member of a musical dynasty marked by an extraordinary vocal gene-pool and passion for making music. She exemplifies and crowns the rich and multi-sourced Southern African singing tradition. A dynamic and multi-faceted artist, whose performances at national and international tours and concerts, with orchestras and Jazz bands alike, as a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, has received numerous accolades and recognition. In 1980 Khumalo obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Music from UNIZULU, she also holds a Honours Degree in the History of Music from Wits University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Human Resources from Wits Business School. Khumalo has participated in various research projects and worked with different artistic institutes, amongst them the Madimba Institute of African Music. Her experience includes heading the Music Department of the Federated Union of Black Arts and was Co-ordinator of the Funda Arts Centre. She has served on the Festival Committee and Board of Directors of the National Arts Festival and was later appointed Chairman of the Festival Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Southern African Music Rights Organisation, is Chairman of the Performers Organisation of South Africa and the Association of South African Business Women in the Arts. A multi award winning singer and performer, Khumalo received numerous awards including the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music in 1993. In 2009, she received the National Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, honorary doctorate in Music from Rhodes University and is the recipient of the Naledi Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award.