Monday, November 13, 2006

Legendary 'Mmalo-we' musician, Jabu Khanyile has died

Afro-Jazz vocalist, Jabu Khanyile, died at the age of 49 at his Dobsonville (Soweto) home on Saturday night.

His name Jabu (possibly short for Jabulani) means 'Be Happy' and his surname Khanyile means 'He shone'. Jabu Khanyile brought joy to many fans around the world with his music and shone his light on the beauty of SA music. South Africa has lost yet another incredible performer, dedicated musician and patron of South African culture.

Lindelani Mkhize, of LME Entertainment, the record company that worked with Khanyile told The Star that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and had been undergoing radiation therapy for the past five months. He also suffered from sugar diabetes.

Mkhize said Khanyile's last performance was in July in Germany during the World Cup handover and that the singer was due to record an album educating men about Prostate Cancer.

The singer was married to Phindy Dlamini and Khululiwe Sithole and had seven children.

May his soul rest in peace.

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