The hit single, Buthiza, by Mobi Dixon, is a song which she was best known for. The young female singer met her unfortunate death as announced in a statement by Top Chap Media, on Friday following an alleged suicide on Thursday night.
The young female from the Eastern Cape, King Williams Town, was mentored by Mobi Dixon, he shared his devastation by her death, “I will remember Nichume as a bright light,” he told the media.
Nichume Refeloe Siwudla featured on singles such as ‘Day Dreaming’ by Fistaz Mixwell and Mobi Dixon, as well as ‘Far Away’ by DJ Anda, which featured Mobi Dixon.
In a media statement, her brother Qamani Siwundla said that the family was absolutely shocked, they could not believe that their daughter resorted to taking her own life, “We are left with a lot of questions, we know her to have been the strongest character in the family. Whatever she was going through she must have felt intensely hopeless,” he stated.
Condolences and shock of the house vocalist’s death, have been pouring through social media. Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture also paid tribute to the artist on twitter “We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of a shining star, the celebrated musician, Nichume Refeloe Siwundla – A talented daughter of the soil whose lovely voice reverberated in our hearts & gifted us the lasting memories. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones,” he wrote on twitter.
“I’m lost for words, how do I continue without you?” wrote Mobi Dixon on twitter. In response, Penny Lebyane also paid tribute to Mobi by saying, “Condolences to you and her family”.
The alleged suicide has sparked the spotline on mental health issues such as depression, following other alleged celebrity suicides of well-known rapper Jabulani Tsambo aslo known as HHP, actress Shoki Mokgapa, Motsweding FM DJ Lara Kruger, Professor Bongani Mayosi of the University of Cape Town, students who have committed suicide, such as Mpumelelo Tshabalala from University of Witswatersrand and Khensani Maseko a student from Rhodes University.