Jazzman Johnny dies

Jazz guitarist Johnny Fourie, 70, was a "rare and dedicated" musician, friends said in a tribute following his death in Johannesburg on Sunday, only months after releasing his debut album, Once Upon A Time.

Jazz guitarist Johnny Fourie, 70, was a "rare and dedicated" musician, friends said in a tribute following his death in Johannesburg on Sunday, only months after releasing his debut album, Once Upon A Time.

"His family, students and fans will sorely miss him," they said.

Born Jan Carel Fourie, his love of jazz was kindled as a teenager and he became a professional session guitarist in Johannesburg, working with the likes of the Manhattan Brothers and Lemmy "Special" Mabaso.

Funeral details will be announced. - Sapa

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