Lesotho musician Tsepo Tshola dies at 68

South Africa-based Lesotho musician and songwriter Tsepo Tshola [Photo: Facebook]
South Africa– Lesotho musician and songwriter Tsepo Tshola has died of COVID-19 complications after being admitted to the hospital last Thursday.

He was 68 years old at the time of his demise.

The legendary musician’s death was announced on social media as well as radio stations in his home country, where his colleagues expressed condolences.

Commonly known as “the village pope,” Tshola was born in Lesotho, though became a permanent resident of South Africa.

Tshola’s debut album “Anew Dawn” received great acclaim, which saw him win an award. He describes the album as a statement of humbleness.

He grew up in a musical family with both his parents once a member of Band Sankomota. The band originates from the ‘Mount Kingdom’ of Lesotho and was formed around 1976.

Originally, it was named “Uhuru”. It comprised of several members in its earliest years, namely – Frank Leepa (guitarist, vocalist, arranger, composer), Moss Nkofo (drummer), Black Jesus (percussion), Moruti Selate, Tsepo Tshola (lead vocalist, composer), Pitso Sera (guitar), among others.

Organizations and fellow artists have sent their tributes, describing his death as a big loss to the Music Industry.

Here are some Tributes: