The arts fraternity in Bulawayo has gathered to pay their last respects to renowned artist in the city Iyasa founding and longest serving member, Sibonisiwe Sithole, who died in Bulawayo on Thursday morning.
It is reported that she complained of chest pains on Wednesday and was rushed to hospital, firstly at Mpilo Central Hospital and then to United Bulawayo Hospitals where she died on Thursday morning.
Speaking on her death, Iyasa posted on their social media pages saying Bonnie’s name would forever be engraved in their hearts.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the sad passing on of our founding member and brilliant dancer/singer Sibonisiwe Sithole. She played a huge role to build this institution and was an inspiration to a number of our current crop of stars. Bonnie is part of the early 2000 crew that brought in hits and changed the game.
“Your name is forever engraved in our hearts. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Sithole family and friends at this difficult time. May her Soul Rest In Peace. Gone too soon Special Star,” wrote Iyasa.
Known as Bonnie Bonnie or Queen Bonnie the Original, Sithole served Iyasa from its inception in 2000 when she joined the likes of Sandra Ndebele, Nomathamsanqa “Nkwali” Mkhwananzi, Roben Mlauzi and Futurelove Sibanda.
Watch members of iyasa sing on the sidelines of her burial in Bulawayo on Saturday.