Jazz musician Victor Ntoni dies

2013-01-29 11:50
Johannesburg - Jazz musician Victor Ntoni has died of a heart attack in a Johannesburg hospital, The Star reported on Tuesday.

He was 65. His former wife Linda Ntoni said he was admitted to hospital on Thursday with a persistent cough.

"It was found that he had fluid on his lungs."

He stayed in hospital for observation, but collapsed on Monday morning.

"They tried to resuscitate him for 45 minutes, but he had a heart attack, most probably from the condition," she said.

Music tuition

Ntoni, a self-taught bassist, joined the Dollar Brand Trio as a teenager.

The trio included world famous Cape Town pianist Abdullah Ibrahim.

In 1976, he received formal training at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

He worked with a broad range of musicians, including Hugh Masekela and Abigail Khubeka. Recently, he collaborated with DJ Black Coffee on a revival of his hit Usizi.

He was long involved in music tuition, particularly of deprived black musicians during the apartheid era.

He scored and arranged the music in the book The South African Songbook - SA Folklore Music, which was funded by the National Heritage Council, in October.

He leaves six children and several grandchildren, The Star reported.


  • Mphikeleli Motha - 2013-01-29 12:04

    The legend has passed on, how i wish i could say to him“THETHA WATHULA NJE” and see him doing his jazz for his fans again and again and again. May his soul rest in peace.

      george.frangs - 2013-01-29 12:42

      He had an amazing voice, and will be missed!

  • monki.thibedi - 2013-01-29 12:14

    Robala ka Khotso

  • Ntombenhlez - 2013-01-29 12:36

    A True Legend...May his soul rest in peace.

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-01-29 12:41

    May your soul rest in paece, so long Bra Vic. You touched so many hearts here at home and elswhere.

  • James - 2013-01-29 12:41

    I'm not a fan of jazz - so unfortunately have no idea who he is. RIP Mr. Ntoni - it seems as though you did some great things in your lifetime.

  • zet.vakala - 2013-01-29 12:48

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-29 12:58

    RIP Mr Ntoni !I remember listening to and watching your music (videos) as child and got a lot of inspiration from it even though it was jazz .Your music taught me how to appreciate jazz as an adult .

  • Gia Mo - 2013-12-06 02:00

    What a great loss, he will be missed and his music will forever be with us. Thanks you bra Vic for sharing your talent with us. Rest in peace bra Vic.

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