Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says he is saddened by the passing of legendary musician Tshepo Tshola.

Tshola, also known as “the Village Pope”,  passed away due to COVID-19 related complications in Lesotho.

Gallery: Tsepo Tshola “The Village Pope”

His death comes hardly a fortnight after the passing of another music legend, Steve Kekana.

Tshola will be remembered for his hit songs “Ho lokile” and many other gospel tracks.

Late jazz legend Tsepo Tshola speaks on his passion for music and the need for a music museum:

Minister Mthethwa’s Spokesperson Mmasechaba Khumalo says Tshola has been in the music industry for more than four decades and has dominated local and international musical platforms throughout his life.

“The Minister has expressed how his melodic tunes from the Sankomota days to his solo compilations will linger forever in our minds. My word of special comfort goes out to his family, friends, loved ones and followers. No amount of words and comfort expressed during this time will be befitting for such a magnificent icon. Nor could it overcome the accompanying grief.”

Minister Nathi Mthethwa celebrates “The Village Pope” and Sankomota’s invaluable contribution to the arts and heritage landscape as well as the society.

Social media users also paid tributes to legendary musician, Tsepo Tshola. The renowned musician died on Thursday at the age of 68.