The family of legendary Jazz musician Jonas Mosa Gwangwa, has described the late music maestro as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. The family says Gwanga has gone to join his wife mam’Violent, who died 17 days before her husband.

Gwangwa died on Saturday at the age of 83.

Prince Lengoasa pays tribute to the late Jonas Gwangwa:

In a statement, the family says Gwangwa’s memory lives in the minds of millions across the world.

“Dr Gwangwa’s international and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts in general is contained in the memory and minds of millions across the world and we are blessed and grateful to have been part of a life and legacy of love and avant-garde creativity that spans the space of over seven decades,” says the family.

Gwangwa a world giant

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has described Gwangwa as a world giant who used his talent to fight apartheid in South Africa and help forge unity.

From 1980 to 1990, Gwangwa was the leader of Amandla, the cultural ensemble of the African National Congress (ANC) who toured around to world during the anti-apartheid struggle.

Mthethwa says Gwangwa is known for over 40 years of his service.

“South Africa has lost a maestro today, a world giant who’s been known over 40 years of his service and sharing with the nation. He will be remembered by showing the potency of art and culture across the world. Even when the ANC gave him the task of being part of the Amandla art ensemble, one of the things he kept on emphasising was the unity of our people. He put SA on the map.”

The family has expressed gratitude at the outpouring of love and has asked to be allowed to respectfully lay Gwangwa to rest.

Remembering Jonas Gwangwa with Minister Nathi Mthwethwa: