Renowned jazz singer and composer Gloria Bosman died at 50 years old a few days after Zimbabwean prophet who predicted deaths of many South African artists had said the unfortunate would happen.
On the 2nd of march this year, Prophet Mellontic Orasi made a prophecy on his Facebook account saying; “Female Jazz musician resting RSA” and the warning has come to pass.
He also made the same prediction in October 2022.
The South African Music Rights Organisation confirmed the news in a press statement. Bosman was appointed to the Board of SAMRO at its last Annual General Meeting in December 2022. The organisation announced the appointment on social media in February.
“The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is saddened by the passing of its Board Member, Ms Gloria Bosman, who passed away on 14 March 2023”, reads the statement.
“As a composer and a performing artist, in the short period that Ms Bosman was a member of the Board, she added a perspective that comprised of a rich blend of insights on member aspirations as well as the direction that our organisation should continue to march towards,” said SAMRO Board Chairperson Nicholas Maweni.
Maweni added that the board is shocked and saddened at Bosman’s untimely death, and that it will take time to come to terms with it.
“The wisdom, insights and knowledge she gained throughout her very long and illustrious career is what got her to be appointed to the Board of SAMRO. We will dearly miss her presence of mind in our engagements, her humanity, compassion and empathy for her fellow composers.”
The organisation extended condolences to the family, friends and supporters of Bosman, “our industry has lost a giant.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Bosman’s family released a statement confirming her death on social media.
“It is with profound sadness that we share that in the early hours of this morning, we lost the rock of our family,” the statement read. “After a short illness, she transcended peacefully at her home, surrounded by family.”
READ THE STATEMENT HERE:
Born and raised in Soweto, Bosman’s love for singing started in her church choir, per her website. In 1993, she earned an opera scholarship at the Pretoria Technikon after starring in a production at the Market Theatre.
The jazz legend is one of the South African music industry’s most celebrated singers, having received more than 11 South African Music Award nominations throughout her career and winning two. She has also received two Kora All Africa Music Award nominations.
Her performance catalogue includes multiple live shows locally and internationally. She has collaborated with numerous South African legends, including Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Tananas and Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse.
Musician and longtime friend Mabuse was among the first to pay tribute to Bosman. He said the news of her death was sad, leaving him “gutted”.
“Rest in peace, my dear friend #gloriabosman,” he wrote. “Thank you for sharing the stage and sharing your gift with us all, am shattered – love and respect, Sipho and the hotband.”
So Sad , gutted , Rest In Peace my dear friend #gloriabosman , thank you for sharing the stage and sharing your gift with us all , am shattered – Love and respect Sipho and the hotband @SIPHIWEGKUBHEKA @thamiMgcina @Tabiasongbird #RIP Gloria Bosman 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/BMRGrqOVFW
— Hotstix (@siphohotstix) March 14, 2023
Rob Cowling, General Manager of Gallo Music, said in a statement: “Terrible news and such a shame; she was an amazing lady and one of the first female artists signed to sheer sound back in 1999 leading to a fruitful relationship of awards and more music. She will be sorely missed, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to all friends and family.”