South Africa jazz ‘giant’ Jonas Gwangwa is dead

South African jazz trombonist and composer Jonas Gwangwa, whose music was a struggle against apartheid, is dead.

President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed his death.

Ramaphosa, in praise of the 83-year-old Oscar-nominated artist, described him as “a giant of a revolutionary cultural movement.

“The trumpet that triumphed with courage and bravery, and warmed our hearts with a melodious melody has lost its life-force power.”

“The giant of a revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest,” said President Ramaphosa.

The legendary musician has been nominated for an Oscar for the 1987 theme song “Cry Freedom”.

“Gwangwa delighted an audience in Sophiat City so that it was illegal for black people to gather and imprison South African musicians just for working on their craft,” said the Chief. -suidhe.

His career spanned over 40 years and he also received the Order of Ikhamanga, the highest national award in South Africa awarded for achievements in arts and culture sometime in 2010.

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