At only 47, South Africa has lost a great legend – Eddie Makhosonke Zondi has died.
The last and final time SA heard Bra Eddie`s soothing and soulful voice was on Father`s Day 15 June 2014 on the Romantic Repertoire (slotted at 15h00 – 18h00) on MetroFm at exactly 17h50. In this man we have really lost the godfather of music – he knew how to make us laugh, cry and heal through music and he had a remarkable gift of relating with people he didn`t even know.
From hosting the 21h00 – 00h00 radio show on weekdays, The Obsession to hosting the 15h00 – 18h00 Sunday radio show, The Romantic Repertoire – Makhosonke was always outstanding at what he did best – music.
Makhosonke we will miss your humble and bubbly self, the presence of that distinct and soulful voice of yours on radio, your serene choice of music, your flare for style and your laughter. You always knew just the right songs to play for the millions of us who listened to you, day after day and Sunday after Sunday.
You`ve left an unexpected and devastating void in our lives, in the broadcasting fraternity and in the world – and one thing is for sure, no one can ever fill that void. How I wish that I could wake you up from the deep sleep that you have slipped into just to love you more but I guess it`s finally time for you to rest in eternity.
Mr. Zondi, your spirit will live on in our hearts and in our memories of you. You`ve lived a remarkable life and we thank God for having afforded us and you 47 years to have lived together on this earth and even though we would`ve loved many more years with you, I guess God also needs you amongst his choir of angels. We`re all guaranteed a loving a guardian angel in you and I hope the heavens will allow you to continue with your love of music even in the afterlife.
Our love for you will never seize because of death, it will only grow stronger in the anticipation of seeing you again, and I hope your spirit will indeed rest in peace because we know not where you`re going but I hope the angels will love you the very same way that we will always love you with.
From you Bra Eddie we`ve learnt something that will also help us honour your memory – “LIVE TO LOVE and dedicate your life to what you love the most”, in your case you had dedicated your life to music, your career as a DJ, your wife and being a father.
We thank you Nondaba Gagashe, for having invited us into your life with the music you played for us – we got to know you and in turn you knew us. We`ve celebrated life with you and now a part of us has definitely died with you. Words cannot start to explain the pain that we feel of losing you, and we don`t know how will life be from now on without you but we trust that even from beyond the grave your ballads will keep on playing.
My sincere condolences to the MetroFM family, to the Zondi family and to the entire nation – even though Eddie Makhosonke Zondi has left this world, death be not proud!
Mrs. Zondi, please take care of yourself and know that your husband always lives in your kids` beautiful souls – whenever you hug or kiss them, it’s a hug or kiss to uBra Eddie. To you, he will never die because he lives in his kids and to us he lives on in his favourite ballads.
Eddie Makhosonke Zondi was born on 06 Oct 1967 and on 16 June 2014 he died from an apparent heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Phakamile and his 3 beautiful kids.
His memorial service was held at the Standard bank arena in JHB on 19 June 2014. He will finally be laid to rest on Sunday 22 June 2014 – the funeral service will be held at the UJ Soweto campus from 08h00 to 12h00 then the final burial rite will be at the Westpark cemetery in JHB.
Until we meet again Makhosonke, lala ngoxolo Nondaba Gagashe.