Legendary musician and songwriter Tsepo Tshola has passed away.

Tshola, who was affectionately called ‘the village pope’, died at the age of 68 after reportedly being admitted to hospital for COVID-19 related complications.

Tshola who was born in Lesotho grew up in a musical family with both his parents and was once a member of the band Sankomota.

Despite being a permanent resident of South Africa, Tsepo is maintained close ties with his home country – Lesotho.