Award-Winning South African Jazz Singer Gloria Bosman Dies
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Smooth-voiced South African jazz musician Gloria Bosman has been lauded for her contribution to the country’s music industry in a career spanning more than two decades.
Bosman died on Tuesday following a short illness, her family announced.
“After a short illness, she transcended peacefully at her home, surrounded by family,” the family said in a statement. “Gloria had devoted her life, not just to her family, but to her music, she was loved and adored by many here in South Africa and beyond its borders.”
The Soweto-born Bosman was praised for her soothing, silky vocals and versatility in crossing over to various music genres.
Bosman started singing in church and theaters, but a scholarship to study opera at the then-Pretoria Technikon (now Tshwane University of Technology) was crucial in her development as an artist.
She returned to perform at the educational institution later in her career.
The award-winning musician’s first album “Tranquility” was released in 1999 to critical acclaim, winning her the Best Newcomer award at the South African Music Awards.
Her career took off and later she won a second Sama awards and 11 nominations, won two Africa-wide Kora awards and performed on many stages across the world.
Details for her memorial services and funeral have not been announced.