Viral sensation Gee Six Five dies aged 65
Olpha Selepe, known to her growing fanbase of Amapiano lovers as Gee Six Five, has passed away.
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The news was confirmed by the 65-year-old’s niece who took to social media — where Selepe shot to stardom — to share the heartbreaking news.
My beloved aunt, MumNcane who many of you know as #GeeSixFive is no more. She displayed leadership throughout her life, was the epitome of fearlessness & inspired many with her single #ObaniLababantu.— Sbu Mpungose (@SbuMpungose) December 9, 2020
Mthiya, Shandu kaNdaba, Sontshikazi. #RIPGeeSixFive pic.twitter.com/NAOHlWlsIp
At this time, it is not known what the cause of her passing was. More details on this and burial arrangements will be shared by the family later.
Remembering Selepe, an inspiration to South Africa
In every sense of the word, Selepe was an inspiration. At her senior age, she never allowed societal norms to dictate the decisions she made for her benefit.
The 65-year-old was forced into retirement as a teacher, earlier this year due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
This, however, did not discourage her from earning a masters qualification and further pursuing a PhD in higher education.
In the midst of all this, Selepe also kickstarted her career in music and released a song titled Obani Lababantu that went viral.
At first, people ridiculed the effort. It was expected, after all. This, however, was another instance of Selepe’s genius.
She didn’t fit into the mould of ‘normal’ and soon enough, once the song caught steam on social media, the tide turned in her favour and the single release shot up to the top of the iTunes charts at one point.
Speaking to Trending SA at the time, Selepe explained the message behind the song that every single woman related to.
“When I composed this song, I wanted to address a question that people are always thinking: ‘Who are these people talking about me?’ You know, who are these jealous people, who are these people laughing at me? So I wanted to send a message,” she said.
Selepe will go down in history as the eldest Amapiano artist to ever grace the mic and perhaps, most importantly, for her enthusiasm in tackling her bucket list when she still had the time.