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Brian's touchwill be missed

By unknown | Apr 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

Brian Hlongwane will be remembered by many as a loving person and a good pianist.

Hlongwane, 51, of Mthatha in Eastern Cape, died last Friday at home after a short illness. At the time of his death, he was a lecturer in music at Walter Sisulu University.

He was born in Orlando West, Soweto, and did his primary education at Thulasizwe Higher Primary School.

He then went to Dlangezwa High School in Mpangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, where he completed his matric in 1979.

Pushed by a love for music, Hlongwane studied for a Bachelor's degree in music at the University of Zululand in 1980.

After completing his degree, he read for a Higher Diploma in Education at Wits University. He then went on to teach at Daliwonga High School in Dube, Soweto.

"Because of his love for music, he worked even on weekends in music schools such as Dorkay House and Fuba in Diepkloof," said Clive Hlongwane, his brother.

In 1986, he started working at the University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University) as a music lecturer.

This is where he was well known for his love of the classical music, and was regarded as one of the best in the province.

Hlongwane is survived by his wife Regina, his children Sipho, Thamsanqa and Busisiwe, brother Clive and sister Freda Molatlou.

"He was a loving person and we will miss his touch on the piano," said Molatlou.

He will be buried tomorrow at Avalon Cemetery after a service at Albertina Sisulu Resource Centre in Orlando West. The service starts at 9.30am.


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