Shock as house music vocalist Nichume dies

Nichume has died.
Nichume has died.
Image: Instagram/Nichume

House vocalist Nichume Siwundla, who was well known for her 2017 breakout hit Bhutiza with Mobi Dixon, has died. 

In a statement released by her record label Top Chap Media on Friday morning it was confirmed that the King William’s Town beauty died from an apparent suicide in her Johannesburg home on Thursday night.

Mobi Dixon who has been a mentor to Siwundla said he was devastated at her passing.

"I'm distraught. I will remember Nichume as a bright light at Top Chap Media where we signed her. She truly is gone too soon. May she rest in peace," he said.

The two had recently released a second song called Thobela which Siwundla had written with her brother Qamani.

 He [Qamani] said the family has been left with a lot of questions about the circumstances of her death.

“We, as a family are in absolute shock as to what has happened. Learning that your sister has succumbed to emotions and taken her own life can never rest well. We obviously are left with a lot of questions but also know that she had one of the strongest characters in the family and whatever she was feeling at that moment triggered immense hopelessness. We stand united as a family regardless. Nichume was so loved and appreciated. We're proud of all her achievements," said Qamani Siwundla.

In an interview with the Daily Dispatch earlier this year, Siwundla had seemed excited about where the future would be taking her career.

“This year promises to be a really great year for me. My label Top Chap Media has a lot of really cool upcoming events where I look forward to collaborating with some amazing artists. There is definitely more fire coming from Nichume. This is only the beginning,” she had said.