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Saturday, June 17, 2017


(Makhulu Hlophe)

artSMart is sad to announce the death of actress Makhulu Hlophe.

Pascar Dube, former Arts Programme Coordinator/Associate Producer at The Playhouse Company now living in Johannesburg, pays tribute:

“I am on the state of disbelief, shock and devastated by sudden passing of Makhulu Hlophe. I worked with this phenomenal actress in a number of theatre productions, projects and community outreach programmes since 2007 to early 2011. She was a friend, sister and fellow artist. A comedian of note, there was never a dull moment in her company. She would crack a joke at any time.

“Makhulu was a stage actress whose acting captured audience attention and drove content performance. In recent years she had a lead role on one of Mzansi Magic’s short films where she did a sterling work. Makhulu was also a Maskandi, uMbhaqanga and Afro-jazz musician and singer. She also worked with one of the greatest artists in the industry such as Madala Kunene, Gcina Mhlophe, Bheki Mkhwane, Faca Kulu, Thabo Mnguni and many.

“Makhulu was an extraordinary, astonishing and fantastic actress of our times. She may fall on the list of the unsung heroes & heroines, however to us who have worked with her we praise and salute her as an achiever. Undoubtedly we are privileged to have lived and shared beautiful memories during her lifetime.”