Picture: Jonas Gwangwa/Instagram

Jazz maestro Jonas Gwangwa’s death fell on the third anniversaries of fellow jazz legends Hugh Masekela’s death and Oliver Mtukudzi. Described by president Cyril Ramaphosa as “a giant of a revolutionary cultural movement” Jonas passed away at age 83.

President Ramaphosa went on to say, “Jonas Gwanga ascends to our great orchestra of musical ancestors whose creative genius & dedication to the freedom of all South Africans inspired millions in our country & mobilised the international community against the apartheid system. In our hour of mourning the loss of many precious lives around us, we pray also that the soul of Jonas Gwangwa will rest in peace.”

More tributes came pouring in from family, friends and jazz lovers.