Johannesburg – South African Jazz great Gloria Bosman has died at the age of 50.
Friends and colleagues on Tuesday said the singer and songwriter passed away after a short illness.
Last month, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation announced that Bosman was joining the organisation as a Board member.
Bosman has won multiple music awards, released six solo albums, and has performed around the world.
Commenting on Bosman’s untimely passing, African National Congress (ANC) said it was “deeply saddened”.
The renowned jazz musical maestro and “Amaqwati” hitmaker passed away Tuesday afternoon, (14 March 2023).
Bosman was a highly decorated Soweto-born songbird known for her ever-growing list of accolades that include two South African Music Awards.
She also shared a stage with musical legends including Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.
“Bosman belongs to a generation of female musical greats who refused to submit to patriarchal stereotypes in a male-dominated industry,” the ANC said.
“She was a fiery and militant revolutionary in the creative sector. The performing arts industry and all of society is poorer without the melodic offerings of Gloria Bosman.
“The ANC dips its revolutionary banner and extends deepest sympathies to the family, friends, colleagues, and fans of Bosman.
“May they find solace in knowing that their loss is shared by the entire nation. May her soul rest in peace.”