30 January 2013

South Africa: Zuma Mourns Death of Jazz Legend

Iconic jazz musician and arranger, Victor Ntoni, has passed away. He was 65-years-old. The respected and celebrated bassist died in a Johannesburg ... ( Resource: Late Jazz Icon Victor Ntoni Remembered )

Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma has extended his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jazz legend and prolific bassist, composer, singer and arranger, Victor Ntoni, who died on Monday.

"Our music industry has yet again been robbed of an icon that was instrumental in promoting and making jazz music popular in our country," Zuma said.

The President said Ntoni gave his best to the industry and invested a lot in promoting South African music and empowering up and coming musicians.

"We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr Ntoni. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of mourning. May his soul rest in peace," he said.

Ntoni, who was born in Langa, Cape Town, had a career which spanned more than 40 years.

He started as a singer with a group known as the Dollar Brand and went on to study to be a bassist at the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston, US.

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