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Simon Shibambu, is among the few who ever sang for the
First Lady of China, Madame Peng Liyuan.

The Tshwane University of Technology’s alumni are, no doubt, a force to be reckoned with. The nomination of former vocal arts graduate, Simon Shibambu, to receive this year's Rising Star of the Year Award, is but one example of this. The award, under the South African Business Awards umbrella, publicly recognises inspirational and passionate individuals in South Africa who have a capacity for achievement and success. 

The Johannesburg born bass-baritone singer holds a National Diploma and B Tech Degree in Vocal Arts. After graduating in 2013, he moved to London to enrol for a Masters degree in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, where he studied under world-renowned opera singer, Professor Graeme Broadbent.

Simon has an impressive CV and has won several singing competitions. His achievements include singing in front of the First Lady of China, Madame Peng Liyuan, during her visit to London in October 2015. He also sang for Prince Charles when he visited the Royal College of Music in 2014. In addition, he made South Africa and TUT proud when he won first prize in England’s prestigious Clonter Opera Competition in February 2015.

The South African Business Awards will be presented to the winners at a prestigious event in the Conservatory at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London on the evening of Wednesday, 20 April 2016.



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