President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of the world renowned Trumpeter and Head of the Gauteng Music Academy, Mr Johnny Mekoa, who passed on yesterday, 03 July 2017.
Mr Mekoa established the Gauteng Music Academy in 1994, which focused on teaching jazz music to the community, especially the youth. In 2015, President Zuma conferred him with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, an award for South African citizens who have excelled in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sports.
We have lost a remarkable musician and teacher who contributed immensely to the music sector and selflessly imparted his musical knowledge and skills to aspirant musicians, especially children from poor backgrounds. May his legacy be an inspiration to others to be selfless teachers in different fields, in order to build a better and prosperous South Africa. We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the Mekoa family and the music industry at large. May his soul rest in peace, said President Zuma.
Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa