But today, the propaganda has become a sad reality that has left the music industry and the world reeling with shock.
Tributes from all quarters have kept pouring in since the death of the music guru was announced on Friday.
The TY-born musician and producer died from COVID-19 related complications at the age of 68, the director of Letsela Entertainment - Stanley Letsela has confirmed in a statement.
Fellow musician and Tshola’s business partner Joe Nina said the music community is devastated by the news.
He said the late songwriter had phoned him a week prior to his passing.
According to Nina, Tshola had wanted to attend fellow SA music legend, Steve Kekana’s funeral earlier this month, “not knowing he would also pass on a few days later”.
Kekana who died on July 1, also succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.
“He said he couldn’t be with us at the funeral because he was being quarantined with his family after they tested positive for COVID-19. I’m shocked because he sounded fine throughout our conversation even though he had been devastated by his friend and associate singer’s death (Kekana).”
Nina also revealed that he has “material” he had kept in the hope that one day he would get a chance to produce more appealing music with Tshola.
The deceased, he said was a unique artist who could not be imitated, adding that his throaty voice made his music more appealing and special.
“He also paved the way for us artists who followed in his footsteps, especially during the apartheid era in SA.”