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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Death of Jonas Guanjua, “giant” of South African jazz

The presidency in South Africa announced that Jonas Guanjua, a trombone player and jazz composer, whose music was a source of inspiration during the struggle against apartheid, died Saturday at the age of 83.

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the legendary musician, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the lead song of the 1987 film “Cray Freedom”, “The Cry of Freedom”.

Ramaphosa said: “A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement has died … The trombone who launched boldly and courageously, and which filled our hearts equally with a tender melody, has passed away.”

No details have yet been received about the cause of the death of Guangzhou, which coincides with the third anniversary of the death of Hugh Massekela, “the father of South African jazz,” and the second anniversary of the death of Zimbabwe’s music legend Oliver Mukudzi.

In 2010, Guanjua was awarded the Ikhamanga Medal, South Africa’s highest award for achievements in arts and culture.

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