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Thursday, 04 January 2024 22:12

South Africa is mourning the loss of Scelo Ndlela of iconic Soul Brothers.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The music world is mourning the loss of Scelo Ndlela, a respected singer and songwriter from the iconic South African band Soul Brothers.

The sad news was confirmed by his son Sabelo Ndlela, saying he died at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital on Thursday.  

He was 65. 

Sabelo said his dad was in and out of hospital.

"We're hurt as a family and wish he could have lived longer. It's hard for us, and that's all I can say," he said.

"He was a great person to us as a family and to everyone around him. He lived his life full of joy and love. We as the family would like to say to his fans that they must celebrate his life. We will update everyone with what they need to know about him this week," he said.

The Soul Brothers group was formed by Moses Ngwenya and David Masondo in the 80s.

They have been in the music business for over 40 years. They've recorded over 38 timeless albums since their inception in 1974. Soul Brothers still remains the oldest and most active African traditional music group in South Africa.

They have made hits such as Mama Ka SibongileBazobuya, and Xolisa Umoya.

Ndlela becomes the fifth Soul Brothers band member to leave this world. Three years ago the group lost lead guitarist China "Mafuth'enkukhu" Masondo, who joined David Masondo, Themba American Zulu, Tuza Mthethwa and Zenzele "Zakes" Mchunu.