South Africa is in mourning over the passing of Soul Brothers lead singer and co-founder, David Masondo. Masondo, who was honoured with an eThekwini Living Legend award in 2009, passed away on Monday at the Garden City Hospital in Johannesburg, after having taken ill in May this year. The Soul Brothers made their name in mbaqanga music, a zulu-infused style of jazz that gained popularity in the 1960s. The band were busy recording their 39th album at the time of Masondo’s death.

Masondo will be laid to rest in his hometown of Hammarsdale, with a  memorial service taking place on Thursday. Our deepest sympathies to friends and relatives, and all who knew this incredible man who left his mark on so many South Africans.

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