The world lost a beloved jazz icon, Gloria Bosman, who passed away at the age of 50, on Tuesday, March 14.
The news was announced in a press statement by her family, who expressed their profound sadness and shared that Gloria had peacefully transcended at her home after a short illness, surrounded by loved ones.
Gloria was not only a passionate musician who had dedicated her life to her craft, but also a cherished mother, grandmother, and a great sister. She was admired and loved by many in South Africa and beyond, and her fans were like family to her.
The south African icon jazz soothing and soulful voice had earned her fame, and she had always given her best performances on stage to ensure her fans’ happiness.
As the family mourns their loss, they have asked for compassion and space during this difficult time. They have also requested prayers from everyone to help them cope with the overwhelming grief. Details of the memorial and burial services will be shared at a later date.
Nicholas Maweni, the chairperson of Samro, also released a press statement to confirm Gloria’s passing. He expressed the organization’s deep sadness at losing a legendary jazz composer, singer, and Samro’s non-executive board member.
Gloria had been appointed to the Samro board at its last annual general meeting in December, and during her short time on the board, she had made significant contributions to the organization.
Maweni remembered Gloria as an energetic and passionate board member who always supported the organization’s strategic direction, including diversifying income streams and protecting members’ interests. She was highly empathetic and compassionate but also firm and direct in her engagements with her colleagues. Samro would dearly miss her presence of mind, humanity, and empathy for her fellow composers.
Afaf Al Fahchouch