Award-winning maskandi musician and TV presenter Zondeni Sithole has died.
Zondeni, who made her name when she was part of the legendary female maskandi group, Amatshitshi Amhlophe, died at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban on Friday, 5 February.
After leaving Amatshitshi Amhlophe, she started award-winning band Imbibizane. Zondeni was also a presenter on the traditional music show Emfuleni on Tshwane TV
Her sister Buselaphi Gxowa, who’s also a maskandi musician, said Zondeni died after she was admitted to hospital on Wednesday, 3 February for a running stomach. “Last year she was up and down in hospitals suffering from kidney failure.
It was so bad. She even asked Mzansi to pray for her,” she said.
Zondeni from Msinga in the KZN Midlands started Amatshitshi Amhlophe in 1990 with Mahawukela Mseleku, Nganeziyamfisa Ntuli, Mgqumeni Khumalo and Muhle Khuzwayo, who are all late. After Mahawukela’s death in 1999, Zondeni left the group and formed Imbibizane with the help of Buselaphi.