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Tuesday, January 7, 2014


(Thabisile Hlongwa in Durban Diva costume)

Founder of the popular Durban Divas, Pinkie Mtshali, recently informed artSMart of the recent death of her friend and colleague, Thabisile Nelisiwe Hlongwa.

She kindly sent the following obituary which is written by Thabisile’s daughter Nomfundo Hlongwa.

Thabisile Nelisiwe Hlongwa, was born on May 16, 1975, and passed away on January 2, 2014. Her parents were Joseph and Joyce Hlongwa who are late, She is survived by her three sisters , a daughter Nomfundo – who is following in her footsteps as a young inspiring dancer studying at Jazzart in Cape Town and her four year-old son Kwanele.

Her early education was at Ndabazezwe Primary School and at Khethamahle High Primary School and completed her matriculation at Mzuvele High School in KwaMashu. She then studied African music at UKZN as well as at Movie Technical School where she obtained a Performing Art and Directing certificate and was rewarded a certificate of merit with cum laude.

Her artistic journey as a gospel singer started in church and in community gospel groups for different ensembles. She has worked with the likes of Mbongeni Ngema, Pinkie Mtshali & the Durban Divas, Gcina Mhlophe, Faca Kulu, Angel Dateh Zondo, Nonhlanhla Mnguni, Zaza Zulu, Mthunzi Namba, Moyo Restaurant and Lacoste lounge, just to mention a few.

She was a singer, dancer, actress and was working as a promotions manager at Expressive Promotions.