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South Africa mourns anti-apartheid trombonist Jonas Gwangwa

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Tributes are pouring in for South Africa’s Oscar-nominated anti-apartheid jazz trombonist and composer Jonas Gwangwa, who has died on Saturday at the age of 83.

By using songs that fired up black South Africans’ resistance to repressive white minority rule, Gwangwa left the USA to put up to apartheid censorship. Other outstanding exiled South African musicians protected Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Miriam Makeba.

“Jonas Gwangwa ascends to our remarkable orchestra of musical ancestors whose innovative genius and willpower to the liberty of all South Africans stimulated tens of thousands and thousands in our USA and mobilized the worldwide network towards the apartheid system,” President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in a tribute.

So mighty turned into Gwangwa’s musical activism that his domestic turned into bombed via way of means of apartheid forces in 1985; however, he survived, Ramaphosa stated in his tribute.

Raised in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, Gwangwa rose to prominence in 1959 as a Jazz Epistles member, a collection that protected Masekela and Ibrahim.

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