Tsepo Tshola. Picture: Supplied
Tsepo Tshola. Picture: Supplied

Tsepo Tshola remembered as 'amazing' man

By Thobile Mazibuko Time of article published Jul 22, 2021

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He may have been from Lesotho, but Tsepo Tshola was a South African at heart.

The renowned “Village Pope” succumbed to a Covid-19 related illness on July 15 in Teyateyaneng, Lesotho.

To remember his legacy, his family within the music industry hosted a memorial service at the Joburg Theatre on Thursday.

Hosted by film producer and director Duma Ndlovu, Tshola’s memorial was sweet and short. Limited people were present due to the level 4 lockdown regulations.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, a close friend of Tshola's, opened the ceremony with a national anthem and was followed by Putuma Tiso, who also gave a moving performance.

Another music item came from Nhleks and friends.

They sang the late singer’s single “Waiting For Your Name to be Called”.

South African singer Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, who was also close to Tshola, described him as an “amazing man”.

“The relationship that I had with Tsepo is the relationship that I have with Sipho Mabuse.

“They’re brothers, I call them my darlings because they make me see in this industry that a dog eats another dog.

“When I recorded Yvonne and friends with Tsepo Tsola, he was there from track one to track 10, although we only did two tracks with him. But he was there to guide me, to help me and shape me,” said Chaka Chaka.

Legendary jazz singer Caphius Semenya couldn’t attend the memorial but sent words of comfort to the Tshola family.

“Tsepo was a wonderful person. Those who knew him very well and those who knew his music, are going to miss him a lot,” said Semenya.

Thandiswa Mazwai and The Soil also sang for the late jazz singer.

Tshola’s funeral will take place on Friday at Thaba Bosiu Heroes Acre in Lesotho.

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