Obami Lababantu hitmaker Nkosingiphile Olpha Selepa, affectionately known to many as Gee Six Five, has finally been laid to rest.
Her funeral took place in Newcastle today, and Ncanda Funerals who conducted her homegoing proceedings took to their Facebook page to share visuals from her funeral service. Her funeral was fit for the queen she was and all Covid-19 protocols were observed.
The musician rose to superstardom, after releasing her smash hit Obani Lababantu, which has been on everyone’s lips. The single won the hearts of many people and although she had two minutes of fame South Africa loved her and she cemented her place in the hearts of many people.
Gee Six Five’s passing sent shockwaves across social media platforms and many have described her as a fearless person who was never afraid to follow her dreams.
This was palpable through her music and how passionate she was about education. Speaking to Sowetan Live recently, Gee Six Five encouraged people not to be afraid to explore their own talents.
“I started composing the song in July, writing and singing until the lyrics were in my head. The plan was to do ingwijikhwebu or something that will take the country by storm. The message in all this is that it is never too late to become what you want to be. Don’t be afraid to explore your own talents because of the naysayers. I just wanted to do what was never done before,” she said.
News of her passing was confirmed by Sbu Mpungose, who said she was her aunt “My beloved aunt, MumNcane who many of you know as #GeeSixFive is no more. She displayed leadership throughout her life, was the epitome of fearlessness & inspired many with her single #ObaniLababantu. Mthiya, Shandu kaNdaba, Sontshikazi,” she wrote on Twitter.
In a statement released by her family, they revealed that the musician passed away after receiving a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 last week Monday. The musician had been isolating at home but sadly she passed on in the early hours of this morning.
“Mrs. Selepe passed away today in Durban where she had been self-isolating under the watch of her family after receiving a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 on Monday,” reads the statement.
The 65-year-old retired teacher had an illustrious career, as she had a teaching stint in the UK and at the time of her passing, she was pursuing a doctoral degree. Before the musician passed on larger-than-life TV star Somizi had expressed his intentions of working with her.
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