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Jazz Genius Zim Ngqawana dies at 52

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South African musician Zim Ngqawana has died in the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital after suffering a stroke on Monday. He was 52.

Manager Ayanda Nhlapo said Ngqawana, who played the flute and saxophone, had been rehearsing at his home in Troyeville for a show at Wits on the weekend when he had the stroke.

“I think Zim was extremely insightful and he was very much aware of a lot of things that a lot of people seem not to want to acknowledge. We are consumed by our everyday lives and don't deal with our inner selves. He focused on his inner self and through that experience he was able to realise a whole lot of issues. For me, being his manager for five years, I can say that he taught me so much."

Ngqawana, in an interview with music writer Gwen Ansell in 1997, said he saw a strongly religious purpose to his playing.

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