Flamboyant 3Sum Member Koyo Bala Dies After Battle With Cancer


It is the end of the road for Koyo Bala as he was reported to have kicked the bucket on Monday morning.

According to Sowetan Live, the musician who was one of the 3sum group gave up the ghost after a prolonged battle with cancer this morning at the Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town.

Despite being diagnosed HIV positive, Koyo Bala still surprised everyone by staging a brave fight against cancer.

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Koyo Bala, braved the consequences and came out about his HIV status in 2012, his encounter with cancer did not make him want to give up on life, instead it gave him more zeal to carry on with life in a most positive way.

The family’s spokesperson and longtime family friend and housemate Ephraim “Ephymol” Molingoana commented that the fallen musician always kept a positive outlook and remained strong throughout his illness.

“We are devastated and in state of disbelief,” he said.

Koyo Bala who died at 37 was a lively fellow and a member of the ‘bubblegum pop’ group 3Sum which also included two other members Jeff Moyo and Amstel Maboa.  The deceased member of the group had painted a picture of a comeback to the music scene and spotlight when he posted a picture of himself in the studio captioned “Let’s go back to the beat”.

His anticipations of coming back to the music scene were high after he took a temporary break from the limelight to focus more on his health.

“The music I’m making is about me, my life and the terrible pain I have been through,” he said in a past interview.

Koyo Bala’s death has left Amstel Maboa as the only remaining member of the 3sum group as his death follows that of Jeff Moyo who was buried in 2010.

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In an interview in January, Koyo said he was not going to let his cancer get the best of him. “I believe this year holds great things for me” he said. It is quite unfortunate that what the year holds for him is death.

May his soul rest in peace.