Tribute to Sibongile Khumalo: Artistic Excellence Across Cultures

The Ending is the Beginning

by Lehlohonolo Shale

(For Sibongile Khumalo)

We thank you Azanian Songstress
For calling out its name
The country of your ancestors
Let it embalm our cracked lips
The ending is the beginning in this land

My teacher
Let it grow with the children as they play in the sand
This name you called
You were chosen for this path that leads
To the crevices of the soil the ending is the beginning

Woman of Song
Carry it through on the Other Side
We shall hoist it through on our side
Heaven help us
Daughter of the Soil

The road is long with no end in sight
How can it not be?
It’s only the beginning
Only we shall be winning

Egoli’s Music: Sibongile Khumalo and Khabi Mngoma

by Mike Alfred

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