LEGENDARY jazz musician, Jonas Gwangwa (83) has died. He dies just a few weeks after the burial of his wife Molebatsi who died on 6 January. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the legend known for his hits, Morwa and Diphororo died on Saturday, 23 January on the anniversary of Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi's deaths. 

Taking to Twitter, the president wrote about how much Jonas contributed to the music industry. His cause of death hasn't been announced yet. 

"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.#RIPJonasGwangwa," he wrote. 

"Jonas Gwanga 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," he continued. 


The president said he prays that the jazz legend rests in peace. 

"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," he wrote. 

Messages of condolences from his fans and fellow industry mates have been pouring all over social media.