Award-winning gospel star Sfiso Ncwane’s memorial service was held in Durban on Thursday morning.
As expected, hundreds of mourners gathered at the eThekwini Community Church in Durban. They worshipped together and paid their last respects to the gospel singer who bid his final farewell to the world on Monday.
Today’s memorial service is the first in a series of events that will be held to celebrate a life well led. The star’s fans and family will be back on Friday to attend a second Sfiso Ncwane’s memorial service in Johannesburg. This will be followed by his burial at Heroes Acre in Chesterville, Durban on Saturday. The burial will take place on Saturday, 10 December after a funeral service at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The SAMA award-winning gospel star died on Monday after being rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Ncwane was admitted to the Fourways Life hospital on Sunday. This was after a brief illness which began on Sunday evening at his Johannesburg home.
Mzansi really lost a rare gem the moment Sfiso breathed his last. Family spokesman Mhlo Gumede said Ncwane was much more than a gospel singer. He got along with everyone in the industry not just fellow gospel singers.
“Most of the people that he got along with were not in the gospel genre; he got along with those in the kwaito scene like DJ Tira, he got along with people who play soccer [like] uSiyabonga Nkosi, and even actors.”
The singer’s manager, Nick Zama, said;
“Sifiso was the most successful independent gospel artist, most artists started going independent after he did everyone has always been with big labels. He knew where to go, whether you wanted distribution, song downloads, gigs for artists, if you needed connections, he was a walking directory.”
He will forever be remembered.