The jazz community mourns the loss of Tony Cedras, a celebrated musician whose talent graced stages worldwide after he dies. Tony, revered for his multifaceted musical abilities, passed away after a valiant struggle with chronic emphysema, as confirmed by his wife, Tania.
Tania shared that Tony, who had been performing in the US, endured a six-month hospitalization before returning home, only to succumb to his illness on Monday.
Tributes Flood Social Media after Tony Cedras dies
Following the news of Tony Cedras’ passing, an outpouring of tributes flooded social media platforms, with fellow musicians and fans alike expressing their sorrow and honouring his legacy.
“Heartbroken. Rest easy Tony Cedras. A giant man with talent beyond belief. Thank you for your brilliance my friend. Our prayers go out to Tony’s family and friends.” – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse
— African Insider (@AfricanInsider2) January 30, 2024
Heart broken rest easy Tony Cedras A giant of a man with talent beyond belief , 💔 thank you for your brilliance my friend -our prayers go out to Tony’s family and friends 💔 @LanceTheWitten @Venecia_Vee #restinpeace pic.twitter.com/DKw1skObVM
— Martin Myers (@MartinMyers) January 29, 2024
A Remarkable Journey in Music
Born in Cape Town, Tony Cedras embarked on a remarkable journey in music, starting with humble beginnings in his local church choir where his passion for music first ignited. From there, he mastered multiple instruments, including the accordion, trumpet, guitar, and keyboard, captivating audiences with his versatile performances.
His collaborations with esteemed artists such as Jonathan Butler, Hotstix, and Gloria Bosman, among others, showcased his exceptional talent and cemented his legacy in the annals of jazz history.