music was his life

Musician, composer, adjudicator, actor and community veteran Francis Marema Reseleso was a loveable man who brought so much joy to many people.

Born on July 17 1930 at Teyateyaneng in Lesotho, Reseleso started his schooling at St Agnes, Bachache in 1937.

In 1949, at the age of 19, he moved to Johannesburg.

The same year he enrolled at Madibane High School in the then Western Native Township until 1954. His musical career took off at Jubilee School of Music in Eloff Street, Johannesburg the same year.

Reseleso ran music workshops at Mafeteng, Teyateyaneng, Khanyane and Mohales-hoek.

Years later he formed a police choir in Lesotho. Reseleso lived and breathed music, particularly choral music.

He also starred in several SABC drama series, among them Mopheme, Isidingo, Home Affairs, Mponeng and Tholoana tsa Sethepu.

He also composed songs such as Lefatshe la Kanana, Mohoang, Elelloang kgwedi ya Abibi and Hlatsuo ya maoto.

His death marks a sad end to an illustrious and colourful musical era. He touched the hearts and souls of many choral music enthusiasts. - Neo Motswagae

Reseleso is survived by six children..

He will be buried tomorrow. The funeral service will be held at Moletsane Senior Secondary School in Soweto from 8am.