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South Africa mourns Gloria Bosman’s death

The passing of Gloria Bosman, a renowned jazz singer and composer, has left the South African music industry in a state of mourning.

At just 50 years old, Bosman passed away on March 14, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of music that has captivated audiences around the world. The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) released a statement confirming her death, and expressed their deep sadness and condolences to her family, friends, and supporters.

As a Board Member of SAMRO, Bosman had been appointed in December 2022, and her passing has left a void that will be difficult to fill. In a press statement, SAMRO Chairman Nicholas Maweni praised Bosman’s contributions to the organization, stating that she had brought a unique perspective to the table that was informed by her extensive experience as a composer and performer.

In her short tenure as a Board Member, she had already made significant contributions towards ensuring that SAMRO continued to serve the interests of its members effectively.

South Africa mourns Gloria Bosman’s death

Bosman’s musical journey began in her church choir in Soweto, where her love for singing was nurtured. Her talent soon caught the attention of music producers, and she landed an opera scholarship at the Pretoria Technikon in 1993 after a standout performance at the Market Theatre. Since then, she has become one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians, with more than 11 South African Music Award nominations and two wins to her name, as well as two Kora All Africa Music Award nominations.

Throughout her career, Bosman collaborated with many of South Africa’s most iconic musicians, including Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Tananas, and Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse. Her music has captivated audiences around the world, with its unique blend of traditional South African sounds and modern jazz influences. Bosman’s passion for her craft was evident in every performance, and her energy and enthusiasm were infectious.

South Africa mourns Gloria Bosman’s death

In paying tribute to Bosman, Mabuse expressed his deep sadness at the loss of his dear friend. He described her as an amazing lady who had shared her gift with the world, and who would be sorely missed. Other members of the music industry, including Rob Cowling, General Manager of Gallo Music, also paid tribute to Bosman, expressing their condolences to her family and friends.

The loss of Bosman is a significant one for the South African music industry, and her contributions to the field will be remembered for years to come. Her talent, passion, and commitment to music were an inspiration to many, and her legacy will continue to live on through her music. As the industry mourns the loss of a giant, we can take solace in the fact that her music will continue to bring joy and inspiration to audiences around the world.

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Gloria Bosman’s contribution to South African music and culture is immeasurable. Her incredible talent and passion for music earned her numerous accolades, and she inspired countless artists and fans alike. As a Board Member of SAMRO, she brought her vast experience and insights to bear on the organization’s efforts to support and protect the rights of musicians and composers. Her loss is a profound one, and she will be deeply missed.

As we mourn the passing of Gloria Bosman, we must also celebrate her life and legacy. Her music and her spirit will continue to inspire and uplift us, and her memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew her and loved her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and fans during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Gloria Bosman.

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