JONAS GWANGWA

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A pioneer of South African jazz and anti-apartheid activist who co-founded the groundbreaking group the Jazz Epistles.

Jonas Gwangwa (born Jonas Mosa Gwangwa) played an influential role in the evolution of South African jazz. Along with jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand), he was a member of the Jazz Epistles, the first black South African band to release an album. Gwangwa went on to become an award-winning composer. In addition to writing the scores for such films as Cry Freedom, Generations, and Othello, he composed the theme music for South Africa's Olympic bid in 1997.

Gwangwa was one of many talented musicians mentored by South African alto saxophonist Kippie Moeketsi in the early '50s. Following the disbanding of the Jazz Epistles in 1959, Gwangwa continued to make his presence known among South Africa's jazz enthusiasts. His fame spread to the United States in the mid-'60s. In 1965, Gwangwa was
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JONAS GWANGWA Jonas Gwangwa And African Explosion : Who (Ngubani)? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jonas Gwangwa And African Explosion : Who (Ngubani)?
African Fusion 1969
JONAS GWANGWA Flowers Of The Nation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flowers Of The Nation
African Fusion 1990
JONAS GWANGWA A Temporary Inconvenience album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Temporary Inconvenience
African Fusion 1999
JONAS GWANGWA Sounds From Exile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sounds From Exile
African Fusion 2001
JONAS GWANGWA Kukude (Lapho Si Vela Khona) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kukude (Lapho Si Vela Khona)
African Fusion 2008

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JONAS GWANGWA Live At The Standard Bank International Jazz Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Standard Bank International Jazz Festival
African Fusion 2006

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JONAS GWANGWA Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection
African Fusion 2007
JONAS GWANGWA Kukude (Lapho Si Vela Khona) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kukude (Lapho Si Vela Khona)
African Fusion 2010

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