Jomo Sono as he is affectionately known was born in Orlando East in Soweto, Johannesburg on 17 July 1955. At the age of 8, his father Eric “Scara” Bamuza Sono, a midfielder for Orlando Pirates in the 1960s, died from a car crash. At the time his mother abandoned him. Sono met his mother again when he was 34 years old through a newspaper article. Sono was left in the care of his ailing grandparents in a tiny Soweto home.