Follow us on:

Condolences pour in for renowned trumpeter

By Faeza
05 July 2017

We have lost a remarkable musician and teacher who contributed immensely to the music sector.

Jonny Mekoa

The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) sends condolences to the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of the late jazz maestro Johnny Mekoa.

This trumpet giant passed away on Monday 3 July after a short illness and his death leaves the music industry poorer.

“Bra Johnny was one of our highly cherished and respected grandfathers of local music. He was a great teacher and a supporter of young talent. His legacy will never be forgotten all thanks to the music academy he founded in the East Rand. He gave us many music gems who will ensure that his name is never forgotten. We salute you, our icon,” RiSA CEO Advocate Nhlanhla Sibisi eulogised Mekoa.

Bra Johnny as many affectionately called him established the Gauteng Music Academy in 1994, which focused on teaching jazz music to the community, especially the youth.

In 2015, President Zuma conferred him with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, an award for South African citizens who have excelled in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sports.

President Zuma had this to say, “We have lost a remarkable musician and teacher who contributed immensely to the music sector and selflessly imparted his musical knowledge and skills to aspirant musicians, especially children from poor backgrounds. May his legacy be an inspiration to others to be selfless teachers in different fields, in order to build a better and prosperous South Africa. We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the Mekoa family and the music industry at large. May his soul rest in peace.”