Dozens of mourners have paid moving a tribute to Soul Brothers lead vocalist David Masondo.
The legend of Mbhaqanga music was laid to rest in his hometown of Hammersdale, west of Durban on Sunday.
Masondo died last weekend from kidney failure. The funeral was a moving tribute for a man known as the father of Mbhaqanga music. Masondo’s life was celebrated at his funeral.
His traditional music resonated among his fans. Masondo was an internationally acclaimed artist with 15 South African Music Awards.
“He was a loving father. He understood that for one to be respected, one has to respect. A father who shared a concept that everyone has an important role to play in the society whether you are young or old, ” says Masondo’s daughter Dumisile Masondo.
Many say his death has left a tremendous void in the music industry. One of Masondo’s dreams were realised just a month before his death, a collaboration with world-renowned capella group – Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa also attended the funeral.
“The draconian laws of apartheid failed dismally to suppress his talent. They failed whilst he was still alive. We are living the legacy, that legacy is still with us even today even after his death because David Masondo will never die, his music will always be there to remind us who we are. We rose and defeated apartheid. We would not have done that if we were not armed spiritually.”
Masondo may have sung his final song but his melodies will never die.