The departure of the great Jonas Gwangwa causes a lot of sadness in the middle

The departure of the great Jonas Gwangwa causes a lot of sadness in the middle

South Africans and lovers of music everywhere the planet have continued to flood social media with heartfelt messages of condolence as they mourn the loss of iconic trombonist Jonas Gwangwa.

The departure of the great Jonas Gwangwa causes a lot of sadness in the middle

The presidency announced on Saturday that the veteran musician had died at the age of 83.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the death today of the cultural icon Jonas Gwangwa at the age of 83,” read a press release.

The iconic musician is best known for his add films like Cry Freedom, which was nominated at the 1988 Academy Awards.

He received a national Order of Ikhamanga in 2010 for his outstanding contribution to music and therefore the struggle for freedom in SA.

In 2018, Ramaphosa added his voice to the chorus of good wishes for the veteran jazzman after it emerged the star had been hospitalised. Jonas was receiving medical attention at 1 hospital in Tshwane at the time.

Sowetan reported in 2019 that Jonas did not attend an occasion in his honour and his 82nd birthday celebration at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg thanks to unhealthiness.

At the time, Gwangwa was honoured by the SA Afro Music Awards for his role and contribution to the SA music industry.

Mzansi has continued to flood social media with tributes in his honour, speaking of the memories they need to be made up of his music and the way they’re going to carry him with them as long as his music plays.

Many remembered how he composed one among the foremost popular title sequences for Generations, and therefore the TL was crammed with nostalgia when many others remembered the enjoyment they felt and still feel whenever his song Kgomo plays at weddings.

The heartbreak and devastation were also evident on the TL.

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