South Africa soccer legend and Jomo Cosmos owner, Dr. E.M. ‘Jomo’ Sono, has expressed a ‘great sense of loss’ following the death of veteran musician, Hugh Masekela on Tuesday.
Masekela-the 78-year-old South African jazz icon widely regarded as ‘the father of South African jazz,’ died from prostate cancer infection, for which he’d been receiving treatment since 2008.
“I was saddened by the news of Bra Masekela’s passing. He was such a great musician and an inspiration to our young generation.
“I first met him in America in the 1980s and we were always on speaking terms and exchanging ideas. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace,” said Dr. Sono.
In a separate development, Dr. Sono wished Brazilian football legend, Pele a quick recovery as he recuperates in hospital after collapsing from exhaustion.
“I’m also using this opportunity to wish Pele speedy recovery. He was my former teammate and probably the best footballer of all time,” said Sono, who played alongside the great Pele at New York Cosmos in the 1980s.
The 77-year old Pele was set to be hosted by the Football Writers Association (FWA) at Savoy hotel in London last Friday, but reportedly collapsed from exhaustion and was subsequently hospitalized.