‘Village Pope’ Tshola dies of Covid-19
By Keith Mlauzi
Iconic South African musician and former member of Sankomota, Tsepo Tshola has passed away at the age of 68.
Tshola, who was better known as ‘the village pope’ died after he was reportedly admitted in a hospital due to Covid-19 related complications.
The musician who rose to fame in the 70s was a force to reckon with in the music industry as he was known for his jazz prowess. His debut album ‘A New Dawn’ received critical acclaim.
When he began his musical journey he was part of a controversial musical group called Sankomota. The band which was originally known as Uhuru was formed from the ‘mountain kingdom’ of Lesotho. At some point the band was banned from performing in South Africa.
Tshola was also close friends with late jazz icon Hugh Masekela. The two became friends in the late 80s after they relocated to London and he (Tshola) joined Hugh on his world tour.
Tributes to the legend have been pouring in on social media. Details about his funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.