Tributes are flooding in for the late Jazz musician Tony Cedras after he dies. His wife Tania confirmed the news to TshisaLIVE, revealing that Cedras succumbed to chronic emphysema on Monday morning.
According to Tania, Cedras had been hospitalized in the US for six months and returned home on Thursday before his unfortunate demise. The music community mourns the loss of a great artist.
Remembering a Musical Genius
Tony Cedras, originally from Cape Town, was a highly sought-after session player who left an indelible mark on the global music scene. His journey began in the local church choir, where he showcased his musical talents by singing and playing the accordion.
As his passion for music grew, Cedras expanded his repertoire to include the trumpet, guitar, and keyboard. He quickly became a prominent figure in the local jazz scene, captivating audiences with his extraordinary skills.
A Collaborative Maestro
Cedras collaborated with numerous renowned artists, such as Jonathan Butler, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Gloria Bosman, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Robbie Jansen, Russel Herman, and Basil Moses. His versatility and musical prowess earned him widespread recognition and admiration.
His impact on the music industry resonates through the memories of those who had the privilege of working with him. Colleagues and fans alike express their gratitude for his exceptional contributions.
Tributes from the Community
Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, a jazz icon, shared his grief on social media, saying, “Heartbroken. Rest easy Tony Cedras. A giant man with talent beyond belief. Thank you for your brilliance, my friend. Our prayers go out to Tony’s family and friends.”