TSHOLA’S FUNERAL MOVES TO NEXT WEEK
Maseru, July.20 — The funeral of the Legendary Afro Jazz musician Ts’epo ‘Village Pope’ Tshola which was supposed to be on Friday (July,23) this week, has been moved to next week Friday (July 30).
This is according to the communique from the family issued today (Tuesday) which has stated that the late Tshola will still be buried at Thaba-Bosiu Heroes Acre.
Earlier a family member Miss Lintle Lerotholi in an interview had explained that this burial site is not at the top of the Fortress saying that Heroes Acre site is near the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA).
She stated that the burial site has been given to the Tshola family by the Principal Chief of Thaba-Bosiu Chief Khoabane Theko saying they have notified the government which has embraced it.
On the other hand, efforts to speak to the Government Secretary were futile as his phone rang unanswered. However, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Mr. Tumelo Raboletse had indicated that there is no government decision as yet regarding the burial of Mr. Tshola saying as soon as there is any developments, the public will be informed.
He added that he learned from the social media that the late Tshola will be buried at Thaba-Bosiu Heroes Acre.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Lesotho Dr. Moeketsi Majoro has joined the rest of the African continent in passing words of condolences saying he will be remembered for his talent in music production and the music entertainment industry as whole.
Dr. Majoro expressed profound sorrow and commiserates with Basotho nation and the Tshola family who are mourning the passing of this great man.
Born in 1953, the late Tshola was a legendary Lesotho and South African song writer an award-winning jazz musician.
His fame commenced in the 1970s as the lead vocalist and composer for the musical group called Sankomota. The band from the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho was formed in 1976. It consisted of members such as Frank Leepa, Moses Nkofo, Black Jesus, Moruti Selate and Pitso Sera.
He as renowned for singing with a big but melodious voice songs such as Ho Lokile, Madambadamba, Aku butle among many others.
In the late 1980s, the band is said to have relocated to London where Tshola joined another icon Hugh Masekela.
The ‘Village Pope’ is said to have succumbed to COVID-19 related complications on Thursday last week (July 15) in Teyateyaneng Berea after being admitted in hospital for a few days.
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