Rasta tweets Laying Sbongile to Rest at Market Theatre

Rasta tweets Laying Sbongile to Rest at Market Theatre

Unbothered Rasta has painted another late celebrity and upset tweeps with his controversial paintings. Painter, Lebani Sirenje who is popularly known as Rasta has paid tribute to Jazz/opera singer, Sibongile Khumalo by painting her.

Sibongile Khumalo

Sirenje who does most of his work at the market theatre in Johannesburg has painted artists, politicians and media personalities from all walks of life from the late Black Panther’s Chadwick, the late Bob Mabena, to Somizi Mhlongo’s mother.

Sibongile Khumalo has died

Sirenje said this about the late Khumalo in an interview: “I was very sad when I heard about her death. She was a legend and great musician. I am a huge fan of her music and have been following her for quite some time. I chose her picture because she always rocked a doek very well.

Sibongile Khumalo

Though Sirenje seems genuine and paints from the heart, he’s not a fan-favourite amongst tweeps as he seems to get his paintings wrong.

“I am used to the backlash I always receive. I have accepted that there’ll always be critics in everything I do, so I’m not bothered anymore. I used to get affected every time comments that the portrait of the person looked nothing like them. But now I just cut through the noise and do what I’m good at.

Tweeps are not pleased with his work as they’re always begging him to stop their favourite celebrities. When the late Kortes hitmaker passed away last year, tweeps begged him to not paint her but he didn’t listen. He took his time to draw her and fans of the late Mshoza were waiting anxiously for her portrait even though the dislike his work.

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