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Jazz Musician Tony Cedras Passes On

Popular Jazz musician Tony Cedras has reportedly passed on at 71 after a battle with chronic emphysema.

South Africa has lost some of its best and biggest talents. The Jazz scene is mourning the passing of Tony Cedras, who battled chronic emphysema before he died.

The Jazz star was an accordion, harmonium, keyboard, and guitar player. He was born in Elsie’s River, Cape Province, Union of South Africa, in 1952.

Tony performed or recorded (most often on accordion) with some of the biggest artists, including Paul Simon, Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba, Henry Threadgill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Cassandra Wilson, Hugh Masekela, Tony Bird, and Gigi.

According to information shared on social media, Tony was performing in the United States of America, during which he was hospitalized for several months. He passed after he returned to South Africa.

“He was performing in the US and was hospitalized for six months until he came back on Thursday. Then he died on Monday,” said his wife in a statement to TshisaLIVE.

Fans and colleagues have posted tributes to the late star on social media.

“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,” wrote Jazz icon Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse

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