Tributes Continue To Pour In For The Late Gospel Star

It is a sad week for South Africans

By  | Jul 02, 2021, 09:42 AM  | Top of the

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Tributes are continuing to pour in for the late gospel star Emma Mkhwanazi. Mkhwanazi was also a former lead vocalist of the International Pentecostal Church Choir (IPCC). She was a member of the choir for 20 years.

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She passed away earlier this week at the age of 64 due to a long illness.
IPCC announced the sad news of her passing on the choir’s Facebook page.

The choir said she will always be remembered for her outstanding songwriting skills and her beautiful tone.

“It is with sadness to announce the passing of the legendary former IPCC lead vocalist Mme Emmah Mkhwanazi, she joined the choir at a very young age alongside the late Mme Priscilla Lekaba, She will forever be remembered for her beautiful tone and her songwriting skills, heartfelt condolences to the Mkhwanazi family.”

South Africans have since shared their condolences messages on social media platforms. #ripEmmaMkhwanazi joined the trending topics today as Mzansi continues to mourn Mkhwanazi and many other legends that the entertainment industry lost in the past few days, the likes of legendary Steve Kekana, actor Luzuko Nteleko and former Muvhango star Mutodi Neshehe who was popularly known as Ndalamo Mukhwevho on Muvhango.

Here are few reactions from Twitter.

@les_serurubele said the late Mkhwanazi raised her, she tweeted: “IPHC is my family church & I still respect it because it gave me beautiful childhood memories. Mme Emma & Pricilla raised me as a church girl drum majorette. What a loss to the voice that still connects me to my late mom even today #RIPEmmaMkhwanazi

@connectA thanked her for blessing South Africans with her talent saying her memory will forever live on: “It’s a very sad day for the South African Gospel Music industry, on the passing of the legendary Mama Emma Mkhwanazi. Thank you for blessing us with your talent. Gone but not forgotten, may your soul rest in peace. #RIPEmmaMkhwanazi”

The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) also shared their tributes remembering her for an award she won together with the choir at the SAMA 10.
“We are saddened by the passing of legendary songstress, Emma Mkhwanazi. She was a part of the gospel group, IPCC, which won a SAMA 10 for Best Traditional Gospel Album. We extend our condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. May she rest in peace.”

@siza_black: “I can't believe Mam Emma is no more. I grew up listening to her music, to this day. Her music and the IPCC choir shaped me. #RIPEmmaMkhwanazi”

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