World Cup opening ceremony singer Siphiwo Ntshebe dies

World Cup opening ceremony singer Siphiwo Ntshebe diesAn opera singer chosen by Nelson Mandela to perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup has died died at age 34 of meningitis.

Siphiwo Ntshebe, 34, who was to sing the song “Hope” at the ceremony on June 11, died in Port Elizabeth of bacterial meningitis.

As a black opera singer – with a repertoire including Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini – he was a trailblazer in South Africa, where there were few such opportunities during apartheid and millions remain in poverty today.

Nelson Mandela himself appears on the track, speaking the words: “The generosity of the human spirit can overcome all adversity. Through compassion and caring we can create hope. We can create hope.”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a message of condolence to Ntshebe’s family on Wednesday, “I am very sad indeed to hear this news. This young man, whose talent had been identified and supported by no less than Nelson Mandela was about to showcase that talent to millions of people around the world. That he should pass away so suddenly, and so close to the opening of the first FIFA World Cup to be hosted on African soil is very cruel, but we are not master of our destiny.”

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  1. this is such a great lost at a time like this when we are looking forward for people like siphiwo to use their GOD in built ability to impact our generation.But who am I to question the almighty God,may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.To the entire families,friends and welwishers may God give u all the fortitude to bear this great lost of a gem.

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