A Legend has been Lost with the Passing of Jazz Star Winston Mankunku Ngozi | Western Cape Government


A Legend has been Lost with the Passing of Jazz Star Winston Mankunku Ngozi

12 October 2009
The Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs, Sport and Recreation, Mr. Sakkie Jenner has expressed his heartfelt sympathy to the family of the late Winston Mankunku Ngozi, saying 'a Cape Town and South African jazz legend has been lost.'

'It is indeed a loss to not only the family of the late bra Winston, but also to jazz and music lovers throughout the Western Cape and South Africa,' says Minister Jenner.

'This is a man who helped fight for this country's liberation through his music, and made a meaningful contribution to what South Africa is today.'

'Bra Winston played with other musical greats such as Robbie Jansen and Hugh Masekela, and will be remembered for albums such as Yakhal'Nkomo which he performed together with Early Mabuza, Agrippa Magwaza and Lionel Pillay.

'This is a man who should be seen as an icon of hope for many, having practiced music from a young age, which he later used to play his part in the struggle against apartheid.'

'Winston Mankunku's untimely passing comes just weeks before a Jazz Legends Concert, in his honour as well as that of Robbie Jansen and Tony Schilder is to take place in Cape Town at the end of this month,' Minister Jenner says.

'I would like to express my sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the late Bra Winston. He will be remembered as a remarkable man and he will live on in all of us through his music.'

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