Legendary jazz musician, Jonas Gwangwa left many with broken hearts when he passed away on Saturday, 23 January 2021 – following his jazz counterparts, Hugh Masekela who passed away on the same day in 2018 as well as Oliver Mtukudzi who passed away on the same day in 2019.
The great South African trombonist and composer will be remembered for advocating against apartheid through his music as well as being an ambassador for South Africa’s music all around the globe.
His hit-songs Morwa and Kgomo were household songs that brought fee-good memories amongst many families.
Tributes from industry colleagues, fans as well as politicians have been pouring in on social media – with many sharing their memories with the fallen icon.
Remembering #JonasGwangwa back when I played jazz piano in 1995.. (yes I did).. Mpho was killer on trombone & we all said she played like Bra Jonas ?? #RIPJonasGwangwa#JazzMusic#memories#JazzTwitterpic.twitter.com/U8DhVQrArk
In addition to composing the scores of such films as Cry Freedom, Generations and Othello,— @VanessaPerumal (@vanessaperumal) January 24, 2021
Gwangwa composed the theme music of South Africa's Olympic bid in 1997.#RIPJonasGwangwa #JTComms #PRMatters sharing African Narratives pic.twitter.com/XVN8NwoEL2
Rest well my Father, your journey was one meant to be shared & the world celebrated with us as you took many stages. Be comforted, what has been planted by your works will bear the fruit we will teach our children to honour and revere; It is well. #RIPJonasGwangwa Love you Dad ?? pic.twitter.com/UlBKuxW6Ld— Malose Gwangwa ???? #ActNow (@MaloseGwangwa) January 23, 2021