Tributes pour in for late Jazz legend, Steve Kekana

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The late Steve Kekana  during the 20th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 29, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The late Steve Kekana during the 20th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 29, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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On Thursday, Jazz legend Steve Kekana passed away at the age of 63.

Kekana's manager, Xolani Majozi, confirmed the news of his passing in an interview with Sowetan Live saying that he passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

"Yes, it's true," Majozi said. "Ntate Steve kekana is no more... I spoke to his wife and she confirmed that he is no more."

The South African Music Right Organisation also took to their Twitter page to offer their condolences to the legend's family. 

"It is with great sadness that SAMRO extends its last respect to the legendary Steve Kekana, the music industry is saddened by his passing," the organisation tweeted. 

"His legacy will live on forever. Condolences to his family, friends and industry colleagues in this dark time." 

Some of his greatest hits included Take Your Love, Raising My Family and Never Never - to name just a few. 

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Ntate Steve, as he was affectionately referred to by many, lost his eyesight at the age of 5 and he went on to attend a school for the blind in Limpopo. He later went on to complete an LLB Degree. 

Just last year, the Jazz icon and qualified lawyer was awarded an honorary doctorate in Philosophy by the University of South Africa. 

Ntate Steve will be remembered for the significant impact and contributions he’s made to South Africa’s music landscape.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media following the announcement of his passing: 

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