Cool Croon­ers founder mem­ber re­tires

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Correspondent

FOUNDER mem­ber of the leg­endary jazz group the Cool Croon­ers, Abel Sit­hole has called it quits on his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, which spans over 50 years, cit­ing health rea­sons.

The 82-year-old said he suf­fers from epilepsy and could no longer per­form, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing his ad­vanced age.

“I’ve called it quits on the mu­sic in­dus­try. I made the de­ci­sion in June when I re­alised that my health was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and I wasn’t get­ting any younger. I get fits be­cause of epilepsy which I’ve suf­fered from since I was in my 20s. For the sake of my health I’ve quit,” said Sit­hole

The soft spo­ken crooner who now uses crutches said he had since moved in with one of his chil­dren be­cause of his ail­ing health.

“I lived in Sot­shangane Flats in Makokoba for most of my life. How­ever, be­cause of the flight of stairs there, it’s be­come dif­fi­cult for me to go up and down. My chil­dren found it best I move in with them so I now stay in Sauer­stown and I’m en­joy­ing it there as I’m be­ing taken care of well.” The war vet­eran said life has not been easy for him ow­ing to the credit crunch. “Imag­ine a per­son of my age wakes up at 5AM so that I can get to the Main Post Of­fice bank to join the queue,” he said. He ap­pealed to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to find last­ing so­lu­tions to the plight of the el­derly. “Some­one in Gov­ern­ment should see our plight as the el­derly and make our lives eas­ier. Surely we can’t at our age be queue­ing for long pe­ri­ods,” he said.

Cool Crooner Abel Sit­hole

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