Evergreen Content

'I have to get on, Ke sa phela (I'm still alive)’ - musician Dr Jonas Gwangwa

Dr Jonas Mosa Gwangwa is a legendary jazz musician, songwriter and producer that has contributed to the liberation of South Africa. He was born in 1937 in Orlando East, Soweto and remains one of the most prominent and influential figures in the South African jazz scene .

Dr Gwangwa was the brains behind The Amandla Cultural Ensemble and has composed scores of films like Cry Freedom. He says that music has always played an influential role in his life and adds that his family use to sing all the time.

I just thought that I would play with an instrument in my spare time says Dr Gwangwa.

When Huge got a trumpet, I asked for a trumpet but actually I wanted a clarinet and used the wrong name.

Dr Jonas Mosa Gwangwa, jazz musician, songwriter and producer

I noticed that the Arts and Culture Festival which had all kinds of black artists won’t work because they wanted to have different shows says Dr Gwangwa. He adds that he thought they should have one show.

Thabo Mbeki who was the ANC representative at Nigeria at the time said that I was right and this was a big festival says Dr Gwangwa.

What keeps me going firstly is my family and my music. That keeps me going and I have a responsibility to my friends and my fans – I have to get on, Ke sa phela (I am still alive).

Dr Jonas Mosa Gwangwa, jazz musician, songwriter and producer

[WATCH] legendary South African jazz musician, songwriter, and producer Dr. Jonas Mosa Gwangwa chats about the origins of the word Amandla

Click on the link below to hear part 1 of the profile interview…

Click on the link below to hear part 2 of the profile interview…


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Why many couples today are struggling with marriage

Why many couples today are struggling with marriage

Dr Eve advises that many modern couples need marriage to be a safe space for self-expression and self-actualisation.

Why it's not easy getting a refund or replacement after buying a dud car

Why it's not easy getting a refund or replacement after buying a dud car

Motor Industry Ombud Johan Van Vreden says the component of the car must first be replaced if it's defective, not the whole car.

The future of mining, South Africa’s lifeblood (and employer of 500 000 people)

The future of mining, South Africa’s lifeblood (and employer of 500 000 people)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jan-Adriaan du Plessis, Associate Director of Strategy and Operations at Deloitte.

Renowned chef and restaurateur Bertus Basson on food... and money!

Renowned chef and restaurateur Bertus Basson on food... and money!

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Basson about his attitude to money (successes and failures, etc.).

[LISTEN] Jabu Hlongwane chats politics, religion & identity in profile interview

[LISTEN] Jabu Hlongwane chats politics, religion & identity in profile interview

Co-founder of Joyous Celebration Jabu Hlongwane chats about identity & unpacks the relationship between the movement & religion.

‘Musicians are really not respected in our country’ – Zakes Bantwini, musician

‘Musicians are really not respected in our country’ – Zakes Bantwini, musician

In the profile interview, award-winning musician Zakes Bantwini chats about the importance of education, and his musical journey.

Popular articles
I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

Vavi: I can't sleep at night for making Zuma the president

Vavi: I can't sleep at night for making Zuma the president

Zwelinzima Vavi says South Africa is paying dearly for choices they've made in being angry with Mbeki and not thinking logically.

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Pan Africanist Congress's Narius Moloto explains why it supports the name Azania, a word which he says has Arabic origins.

WATCH: Zuma denies crisis at Sassa, won't evaluate isiphithiphithi (chaos)

WATCH: Zuma denies crisis at Sassa, won't evaluate isiphithiphithi (chaos)

Zuma says he cannot be expected to act against Minister Bathabile Dlamini on social grants matter now before the ConCourt.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

What in the World Happened To ... Felicia Mabuza-Suttle

What in the World Happened To ... Felicia Mabuza-Suttle

The #Afternoondrive team located entreprenuer and talk show host, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle to find out what she's been up to since she left our screens.