South African jazz ‘giant’ Jonas Gwangwa dies aged 83
President Cyril Ramaphosa leads the tributes to the legendary musician who was nominated for an Oscar.
Jonas Gwangwa, a South African musician and anti-apartheid icon, has died aged 83.
President Cyril Ramaphosa led the tributes on Saturday to the legendary trombonist and composer who was nominated for an Oscar for the theme song of the 1987 film Cry Freedom.
“A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest,” Ramaphosa said.
“The trombone that boomed with boldness and bravery, and equally warmed our hearts with mellow melody has lost its life force,” he added.