It is with profound shock and sadness I post that long-time member, soprano, narrator and the woman who could light up an entire room with simply her presence, Portia Skosana, passed away last night.
The entire SGC family is at a loss with this sudden news. I am completely heart broken by this news.
Portia has been an important member of SGC since she joined the second choir; moving up to the main touring choir shortly after. Her vibrant personality, enthusiasm for life and contagious smile and laughter were one of a kind, and of course, she had a soprano voice that stood out.
I’ve spent a lot of time with Portia over the years, and I will always remember all the wonderful talks, laughter and fun antics. We had such a unique and precious friendship. She was one-of-a-kind and there is simply nobody else like Portia. She will be truly missed by her fellow choir members, crew and fans, alike.
Rest in peace sister Portia; I know that you will be reunited with your beloved husband, and together, be laughing, singing and watching down over all of us with that unforgettable smile.
I will miss her immensely, and I send all my love to her children and family at this very difficult time. Huge condolences to my SGC family, this one hurts.
Video of Funeral Service on May 4, 2019:
As you should all know, I’m the one and only Portia. I was born and raised in a small village in Dennilton, where I spent the first 14 years of my life. From a young age, singing has always been my passion and calling. If you ask my family, they’ll tell you all about the times I had to be fetched from the stages of strangers’ functions as a child.
Glorifying my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with the gift of singing has been central in my life and an area of service wherever I fellowshipped. I had the honour of enjoying a 12-year career as a vocalist and narrator in the multi Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, made colourful by my colleagues who became my brothers and sisters.
I truly lived my dream; worshipping and performing on world stages, dining with presidents, kings and queens and making new friends all over the globe. What was prophesied over my life truly came to pass.
I am survived by my three beautiful children Tshepang, Zinhle and Sihle as well as my close-knit siblings and mother. I never missed an opportunity to show the world how proud of them I was and how much I loved them, and I am grateful to have known until the very end how much they love me too.
I am grateful for my God-given time on earth, but God has now called me home. Throughout all my experiences, good and bad, I was blessed no matter what! God be with you all ‘til we meet again.
2 Timothy 4:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
I have fought the good and worthy and noble fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith [firmly guarding the gospel against error].
Reaction from Colleagues:
“Such a special lady, the only choir member to call me by my full name and spell it. Love you Porsh RIP” – Bev
“Your memories will never die, your stories and big laughs, RIP”- Mulalo
“I know for sure that God in Heaven is waiting for you”- Diniloxolo
“Farewell sister Portia, until we meet again”-Mazwe
“Will miss all the great stories you told in the dressing rooms, your love for your family. Your cleanliness was out of this world RIP”-Gugu
“Ulale ngoxolo Pom Pom, sizobonana kwelizayo” – Sibongile
“I will miss everything about you Portia. ‘Murida,’ I used to call her that and she would shout at me. I will be lost without you my friend, my roommate RIP”- Thuli
“So sad, ulale Ngoxolo”-Lungi
“Gone to soon, may your soul Rest In Peace. Will miss her favourite words ‘asi shooti i DVD’ ”- Sipho
“I will miss being your photographer, our stolen selfie moments, our shopping spree, most of all your infectious laughter RIP my Porsh”- Ipe
“I will miss your sense of humour and not forgetting your naughty side. You were such a sport. RIP” – Bubu
“We used to share a lot about our kids, the challenges they face with us always traveling RIP Tshibumba” – Mary
“I will miss you, our laughs and selfies. Rest in eternal peace” – Zaza
“I’ve known you since from our Sunday School days, can’t put it into words how shattered I am about your passing”- Dudu
“I used to call her ‘Mamkhulu’, you will be dearly missed RIP” – Maserame
“I am shattered and words fail me RIP”- Thembisa
“Life is too short, gone to soon”- Matshepo
“We lost a soul, but heaven gained RIP” – Phumla
“Thinking of the time we had a 5L tub of ice cream 😌masitye RIP”- SK
“Gone from our sight but not from our hearts” – Betty
“Modimo one a adimile RIP”- Freddie
“You’ve been a great sister and a wonderful colleague, won’t forget all the good times on tour, till we meet again”- Sophie
“You will be surprised how many lives you’ve touched with your voice, continue even in heaven RIP” – Thabiso
“In the short time I’ve spent with you, you’ve shown me love. Forever love you RIP Porshi” – Phello
“My deepest condolences to Portia’s family and to the SGC family”- Leon
“I’m still shocked, the last day we spoke was on Valentine’s Day ,the conversation was full of laughter and positive vibes about how we can impact our lives health wise, and two day ago I had a performance and I had the beads you gave me and got so many compliments and part of me wanted to send you photos to show you I looked so beautiful with them on , I guess it was already too late for me to blow up your phone 😫, you shall be missed deeply , Pheladi, Pompom ayii I’m so shuttered inside” – Rebecca
“My deepest Condolences to her kids, family and the entire Soweto Gospel Choir. We have lost a sister, friend, mother, singer, a world-class entertainer, a stylish dresser who was always on point and a believer in Christ. Portia’s passing leaves a big void in our hearts, she made a mark which will forever remain in our memories. Her beautiful smile, laughter, talk, sense of humour and humbleness will be missed. Lala ngokhuthula Psalmist.” – Jimmy