Legendary jazz musician Jonas Gwangwa has passed away.
The internationally revered jazz artist, composer and musical director has enthralled audiences around the world with his artistry for over 30 years.
Gwangwa used his music to communicate what was happening in South Africa during the struggle against apartheid.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed his condolences to Gwangwa’s family, friends and colleagues in a tweet.
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
Gwangwa’s passing comes two weeks after he lost his wife, mam’Violet.
SABC News spoke to mam’Violet ahead of Gwangwa’s 82nd birthday in 2019: