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Sibongile Khumalo is owner of Blue Magnolia Trading. She has enchanted diverse audiences all over South Africa and beyond. She interprets with integrity and poise a variety of musical genres. Sibongile's musical capacity launched her into the limelight when she won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Festival in 1993. She has since performed at a variety of honoured occasions, amongst them President Nelson Mandela's 75th Birthday and 1994 Inauguration. She holds music degrees from the University of Zululand (B.A. Mus.) and Wits University (B.A. Hons), as well as a Higher Diploma in Personnel Management (Wits). She has taught and researched music at the University of Zululand, FUBA Academy and at the Madimba Institute of African Music (based at the Funda Centre). She has also had concerts in France - with conductor Hubert Soudant; Egypt - with the National Symphony Orchestra; and London during Africa '95 with the Brodsky Quartet and at the S.A.A. 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the South African High Commission in London. In April 1997, Sibongile was the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem under the baton of Sir David Willcocks, during the South African tour of the London Bach Choir. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.