Condolence message by Minister Nathi Mthethwa: A tribute to the late Sfiso Ncwane

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05 Dec 2016

“This is a sore blow and a tragic loss to gospel lovers and to our nation as a whole. We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of this most loved and revered musician,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

“Sfiso Ncwane grew from humble beginnings into an artist of great stature and great power. He was truly a giant in gospel music even at a tender age.”

“He had an abundance of creative spirit. He sang isiCathamiya and Gospel songs even as a child. He earned the respect of his community by playing at wedding, in churches, at funerals and community events. It was clear from the start that his would be a life of dedication to his art, and devotion through spreading the word of God.”

Sfiso Ncwane was not only highly talented but also a versatile performer who played an array of musical instruments, including bass guitar, keyboard and drums. It was only later in life that he embarked on a singing career with a first album entitled Vulamasango. Subsequent albums included Makadunyiswe, Inombolo Yasezulwini and Umkhuleko that made him a household name in South Africa and also did well in other African countries. Not one to focus only on his own development, he collaborated with other musicians of the calibre of Rebecca Malope, Winnie Mashaba and Sipho Makhabane.”

“He also looked ahead and formed his own music company producing a hit, Phakama Nkosi yeZulu, that went platinum under his own record label. Later songs such as his famous ‘Kulungile Baba’ went multi-platinum with more that 300 000 copies sold, hence he was known as the first Gospel artist to win the record of the year at the SAMAS,” said Minister Mthethwa.

“But not content to focus on his own advancement, his wishes were to bring other younger artists into his fold. He truly cared about the development of young people and through his foundation bought school uniforms and supported schools in rural areas.”

“In many different ways he was inspirational and influential, giving hope and courage to new generations and changing people’s lives.  

Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, Ayanda, his children, his entire family and his fans.

We shall miss him as Sfiso Ncwane was a man of great faith and he was deeply spiritual who lived as a believer all the days of his life. 

He gave his heart and soul to carrying the faith through music. I am reminded of the words of New Testament when Jesus says that: “The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”

Sfiso Ncwane’s greatest hit, Kulungile Baba, recognized that everything that happens does so for a reason, perhaps consoling and preparing the nation for his departure.”

Lala ngokuthula Ncwane, Vezi, Kunene, Makhunga.

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