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Siphiwe Khanyile laid to rest in KwaMashu

By Corrinne Louw | Feb 14, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 37 ]

THE who’s who of the Gospel industry showed up at the weekend, to bury one of their own

South African gospel music icons Rebecca Malope, Deborah Fraser, Abanqobi Gospel Group, Sipho Makhabane, Hlengiwe Mhlaba paid their respects at the burial of one of the members of the platinum selling gospel group Avante, Siphiwe Khanyile. Hundreds of fans also turned up.

He was laid to rest at his home in KwaMashu just outside Durban.

Khanyile, 38, died at King Edward VIII hospital, Durban, after a short illness early this month.

He together with Bongani Ngcobo, Linda Gcwensa, James Langa and Lucky Cele turned Avante into one of the country’s most beloved gospel groups.

However, he died penniless and was buried by the Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA).

The union’s KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson, Kwaito hitmaker T’zozo, said the union, through sponsorship, funded Khanyile’s entire burial.

“We got the funeral services to provide their services for free, we also managed to get the catering services for free,” he said.

Khanyile, who  was not married, leaves behind one child, 11 brothers and one sister.

  • This is not the first time the group has been devastated by tragedy.

Another member Bongani Ngcobo died in 2004 and James Langa was attacked and shot in the thigh by thugs at KwaMashu station late last year.

Langa made a fervent effort yesterday to pay tribute to his fellow band member when he took to the stage on crutches.  

  • Speaking at Khanyile’s funeral, the KZN chairperson of the Gospel Music Association of South Africa, Musi Malinga said plans were under way to buck the trend of “artists dying paupers”. 

Despite the group’s fame after having successfully sold 11 CD’s,  Khanyile died without a burial policy.

“We want to stop this. We are running workshops for artists that will teach them financial management, tender procurement training and life skills training to prevent situations where artists die without a cent,” said Malinga.


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Re tlwaetse, all celebrities die penniless.

Feb 14, 2011 7:28 | 0 replies

@all - morning and happy valentines hope you all enjoy

as for celebrities another bites the dust...

Feb 14, 2011 9:22 | 0 replies

Morning All
Happy Valentine's day!! Enjoy>

Feb 14, 2011 9:40 | 0 replies

@Sentle why do you call me Gugu
@Mathutha wena bathi bewuhleba ngami

Feb 14, 2011 10:37 | 0 replies

He is not the first and will definately not be the last - its a good thing he was never married, so he did leave any poor wife behind

Feb 14, 2011 10:49 | 0 replies

He is survived by useless bunch of siblings: 11 brothers and one sister.No one of them ever thought of burial cover for Simpiwe.May be since he was singing Gospel he was death-resistant?

Feb 14, 2011 10:55 | 0 replies

Music industry in most cxases take this artist for a ride. Musicians needs to have lawyers before signing the contracts and financial advicers to help them with their finances. When things go well they must learn to save If not so 95% of the celebrities will die broke.......

Feb 14, 2011 11:17 | 0 replies


Feb 14, 2011 11:44 | 0 replies

they sing for R20 per event.

Feb 14, 2011 12:45 | 0 replies

Lala ngoxolo mfwethu....

Feb 14, 2011 1:3 | 0 replies

@TKAY- he left achild

- well since i dnt know much about da industry, bt wth this kind of a track record of artist going penniless, i cn conclude that either artists r reckless & thnk they r living on a moon and/or the labels they sign up wth cheats them big time...

- I gues in this kind of indusrty you need to be SHARP, ALERT etc etc
- i also wondered wth some soccer players who at the club r given club cars to drive around wth, bt would rather choose to bu.y expensive machines, (Also thnkng they r on a moon), while fellow players 4rm neighbouring countries save and take their money home and use the car given accordingly...

Feb 14, 2011 1:9 | 0 replies