ANC wants to honour Ngqawana

The ANC wants to honour jazz maestro Zim Ngqawana by launching a scholarship in his name to help young South African artists, a spokesperson said today.

“The best we can do in honour of him is to find a creative manner to preserve his legacy by coming up with a scholarship fund named after him to offer opportunities to young South African artists wishing to further their careers,” said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

The party said it was “saddened and shocked” by his death.

Ngqawana died aged 51 at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Joburg, after suffering a stroke. He was buried yesterday evening.

“He rose from the townships of Port Elizabeth to be nationally recognised as one of the finest jazz artists in the country and it should serve as an inspiration to many young musicians.

“Ngqawana is also remembered for having made his first mark at the historic inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela in 1994, when he directed the 100-person drums for the peace orchestra, leading them as a solo saxophonist.

“We send our condolences to his family, relatives, friends and the jazz fraternity,” said Mthembu. 

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