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Soul Brother Passes On

By Constance van Niekerk in SA
Today this afternoon Soul Brothers lead singer David Masondo bade the world farewell. He passed on at the Garden City Hospital in Mayfair in Johannesburg, SA. He was 67-years-old.

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Back in the day in Zimbabwe listening to Radio 2, I  thought the Soul Brothers was a band from Zimbabwe’s City of Kings, Bulawayo! Their music was often played not only on one of the nation’s leading radio stations but their videos were shown on Zimbabwe’s top yesteryear musical television show, Mvengemvenge as well. The band is a South African first love to many Zimbabweans. And as they say, “You can never forget your first love.” The Durban born song composer and singer’s death has broken the hearts of many fans around the world, whose first taste of South African music like many Zimbabweans was the band, Soul Brothers. Fellow musician, internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean guitarist and music producer Louis Mhlanga had this to say, “He has left us to join the other angels. May he rest peacefully. He shared the love and joy of music with the world.”

The Award-Winning Mbaqanga band was formed in 1974 in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa by five men. Five years later in 1979, the group lost a member Tuza Mthethwa. Another five years, in 1984 yet another death struck in the band, which saw the band laying to rest Zenzele Israel Mchunu. In 1988, another co-founder Themba American Zulu was laid to rest. Today, Moses Ngwenya is the only surviving co-founder, the last man standing.

Soul Brothers, dubbed ‘Mbaqanga Kings’ produced more than 30 albums since their inception which include ‘Isigqebhezana’, ‘Amanikiniki’, ‘Idlozi’, ‘Intombi Yami’, ‘Amaphutha’, ‘Isiphithiphithi’, ‘Ugruva Nobani?’ and ‘Jump And Jive’ just to mention a few.

On their Facebook Page was the sad announcement, “It is very sad to announce that the main man, the anchor man, the lead singer of our band, has passed on today at the age of 67. Rest in peace Mdavu mfo ka Masondo.”

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Lala ngoxolo Mbaqanga King!

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About Editor

Constance van Niekerk is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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