- The hashtag #RIPJOnasGwanga has been trending ever since the news of the South African jazz artist's passing
- President Cyril Ramaphosa shared the news of the trombone player's death on his personal page on Saturday this week
- After hearing the news of his passing, many locals headed to the comment section to share their messages of condolences and respect
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently had the difficult task of announcing another death of a prominent South African - Jonas Gwanga. Taking to Twitter, Ramaphosa made the announcement on Saturday this week.
While the president did not cite the cause of the trombone player and jazz legend's death, he did mention how sad the nation was to lay to rest another prominent figure as he had just announced the death of Minister Jackson Mthembu a few days earlier.
South Africans were sad indeed. Many of them headed online to pay their respect to the jazz legend and key figure in SA and the ANC's fight for freedom. Read a few of their heartfelt tributes below:
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the late Jonas Gwangwa. May time heal all the broken hearts. We are grateful for all the great music. #RIPJonasGwangwa"
"Rest in Peace Legendary Jonas Gwangwa, your music lives on! #RIPJonasGwangwa"
"The industry has lost yet another musical giant...Jonas Gwangwa. Thank you for a lifetime of great music Ntate Jonas Gwangwa, your music will forever live on! #RIPJonasGwangwa."
"When 8pm was 8pm! This iconic Generations opening sequence was composed by uBab' Jonas Gwangwa. Thank you for the music, so perfectly paired with some of South Africa's greatest memories. #RIPJonasGwangwa"
Briefly.co.za also reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has lamented the passing of Jonas Mosa Gwangwa on Saturday afternoon. Ramaphosa hailed the Soweto-born musician as a pillar of the nation's culture in a tribute:
"A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest; the trombone that boomed with boldness and bravery, and equally warmed our hearts with mellow melody has lost its life force."
The President continued by applauding Gwangwa's dedication to the liberation of the country:
"Jonas Gwangwa ascends to our great orchestra of musical ancestors whose creative genius and dedication to the freedom of all South Africans inspired millions in our country and mobilised the international community against the apartheid system."
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