As I was busy, making arrangements leading to picking up a phone to call the RSVP number on this card, excited that my living legend Bra Dizzy, one of Lesotho’s piano maestros and cartoonist of note is about to turn 70 years.
For some reason, I visited my facebook account to hear the latest news and gossips. Then, a bomb shell dropped on me. Bra Dizzy’s younger brother Rev Fr Maieane Khaketla came up with a pill, that was very hard to swallow: “Sechele Honey, Dizzy Khaketla is dead.” Can you imagine.
The post read: “This morning at 7.00am my dearest brother and friend, Sechele “Dizzy” Khaketla aka “Honey“, was called to higher service. He will be sadly missed, and fondly remembered for his music genius and his witty sense of humour. He will be laid to rest at the Kokobela Cemetery in Maseru West on Friday the 21st October, following a service at the St. James Anglican Cathedral at 9.00.”
Bra Dizzy was the first child in a family of the late Bennett Makalo Khaketla and ‘Masechele Khaketla, both, authors of many classical and educational books. Mrs Khaketla was also responsible for the education of most senior civil servants and cabinet ministers in Lesotho, including Mohato Bereng Seeiso, the reigning king of Lesotho in the name of His Majesty Letsie III.
His dad, BM as he was fondly referred to, was also a staunch opposition leader who stood up against the brutal and repressive regime of Chief Leabua Joseph Jonathan who ruled the mountain kingdom with an iron fist for 20 solid years (1966-1986.) Mr Khaketla wrote and published a book, that detailed the brutalities of Jonathan, it was wildly circulated internationally, while banned in Lesotho. “African quo under a microscope: Lesotho 1970 was its name.”
Despite his parents academic and political prowesses, Bra Dizzy followed his stars, playing piano in church and at club houses in the capital of Lesotho, Maseru, and caricatured and cartooned different subjects. This is one guy to be mourned.