The South African Jazz industry has lost one of its own. Renowned trombone player, Jonas Gwangwa has died at the age of 83. The legendary musicians is known for hit songs such as Batsumi among others.
He was awarded the order of Inkamanga for his exceptional contribution to music and the struggle for freedom. Gwangwa has passed away on the anniversary of both Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi’s deaths.
In a tribute to Gwangwa, President Cyril Ramaphosa says he mobilised the international community against the apartheid system.
A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest; the trombone that boomed with boldness and bravery, and equally warmed our hearts with mellow melody has lost its life force.#RIPJonasGwangwa pic.twitter.com/hlg4PyKQl4
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) January 23, 2021
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) January 23, 2021
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