THE South African theatre and music community grieved last night (July 8) and social media tributes poured in, following news of the sudden death of ebullient, popular, humble and versatile Durban Diva, Pinkie Mtshali. She was 50.
It is understood the operatically trained, versatile singer, actress and mentor had suffered a sudden heart attack. She was known to have had heart problems.
A popular member of The Durban Divas vocal group, Mtshali was born on September 11, 1969, in Umlazi, Durban. After matriculation in 1986, she studied opera at Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology), majoring in voice.
In 1989, she worked as an opera singer at The Playhouse Company in Durban for three years, and in 1992 joined the Capab Opera Company in Cape Town for five-and-a-half years.
Singer-actress Tonya Koenderman wrote on Mtshali’s Facebook page: “I am shocked to hear you are gone. You were always such a light of joyous life, with this big heart that embraced anyone you came into contact with. May you sing with the angels, dear heart. The world is a lesser place for not having you in it.”
Another Durban performer who often shared a stage with Mtshali, Marion Loudon, said: “My darling Pinks, I just adored you. Rest in peace, you incredible woman”.