Tsepo Tshola

Legendary Jazz musician Tsepo Tshola Image via Twitter @AzolaMboniswa

RIP Village Pope: Legendary jazz muso Tsepo Tshola has passed away

South Africa mourns the passing of jazz musician Tsepo Tshola who has been in the music industry for four iconic decades.

Tsepo Tshola

Legendary Jazz musician Tsepo Tshola Image via Twitter @AzolaMboniswa

Tsepo Tshola has touched many South Africans with his distinct voice and music throughout the years and became a household name with his iconic 1994 The Village Pope debut album.  

The 68-year-old singer-songwriter has also wowed audiences across international stages.


According to EWN, the Lesotho-born jazz musician was hospitalised at a Lesotho hospital after contracting COVID-19, but it is not clear how long Tshola was in hospital before his sad passing.


Tsepo Tshola has been in the jazz industry for more than 40 years. He joined a boy band as a vocalist in 1970. 

Interestingly enough, the legendary jazz musician never won a Sama award, but still remains one of the most prominent jazz musicians in the country. 

He has toured Europe with his music and will be remembered next to the likes of Hugh Masekela, Steve Kekana, Jonas Gwangwa and Miriam Makeba. 


Social media users were stunned at the news of Tshola’s passing and took to Twitter to share their condolences with his family. 

One Twitter user wrote, “The last time i was hit this hard by an artists death was that of Sfiso Ncwane” 

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