David Masondo – the frontman of the South African iconic band, Soul Brothers – has passed away.

His family confirmed through his manager to eNCA that the Soul Brothers lead singer died this afternoon at the Garden City Hospital in Johannesburg.

His career with Soul Brothers, dubbed the Mbaqanga kings, spanned for over three decades.

Having produced more than 35 albums over the years, which have sold more than three million copies worldwide, the Soul Brothers lost fellow band members Tuza Mthethwa in 1979 and Zakes Mchunu in 1984.

His band member Moses Ngwenya told Daily Sun he was still reeling from shock, and had lost a brother and a friend.

According to the daily newspaper, Masondo’s death comes as Soul Brothers were in studio working on their 39thalbum. They were reportedly set to collaborate with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ihashi Elimhlophe.



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