LEGENDARY trumpeter Samson “Banza” Kgasoane was a humble man with a golden heart!
Banza was laid to rest on Saturday at Joburg’s West Park Cemetery after a heart-warming memorial service at Alexandra Technical College.
The Mango Groove former lead trumpeter died last Wednesday at Life Bedford Gardens Hospital after a short illness. He was 65 years old.
He was the son of saxophone player and all-round musician, Henry “Mojuda” Kgasoane.
Father and son founded the platinum-selling Alexandra Brass Band and played in Big Henny’s Band in the 1950s.
Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli said Mzansi had lost a legend.
“Bra Banza was one of the music greats who had come from Alexandra township.
“Our deepest condolences to the Kgasoane family. The whole country is mourning with you through this tough time.
“We must embrace his life because he has lived to the fullest. Bra Banza chose to go to heaven in Mandela month, truly saying he is a legend.”
His death leaves Moshe “Mo-T” Kgasoane (27) to carry on the family’s musical tradition.
At the memorial service Mo-T celebrated his dad’s life with sounds of his trumpet.
Banza leaves his wife Patsy Kgasoane and five children.