Zuma mourns Soul Brother David Masondo

06 July 2015 – SA President Jacob Zuma has sent his  condolence on the passing of Mbhaqanga music icon, David Masondo, the lead singer of Soul Brothers.

President Zuma said: “The whole nation mourns this talented icon of our country, whose music not only put South Africa on the global world stage but also could be heard in the streets, in the valleys and all corners of our country. It was music for the whole family,”

Masondo, 67, passed way on Sunday at the Garden City Hospital, Johannesburg after he was admitted for fatigue and exhaustion.

He started his musical career by doing performances in townships with the Groovy Boys, and later co-founded the Soul Brothers, the band that successfully popularized the South African soul concept, umbhaqanga.

The Soul Brothers recorded over 30 albums since its formation in 1974.

Zuma added: “We wish to convey, on behalf of government and the entire nation, our deepest condolences on the passing of this cultural hero. His loss is the whole nation’s loss. May his soul rest in peace” – ANA