Victor Ntoni

Aziz Hartley

THIS year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival will pay tribute to Cape Town born jazz maestro Victor Ntoni who died yesterday.

“It is indeed a great loss, not only to the music fraternity locally but also internationally,” said Rashid Lombard chief executive of espAFRIKA – organisers of the annual festival which features local and international artists and attracts thousands of music lovers.

“Victor was to me also a mentor and a good friend.”

Ntoni, who hailed from Langa and who had been unwell for some time, was listed to perform with another Cape Town music star, Hilton Schilder.

“What we’ll do is keep who had been booked to play with Victor and we will have a tribute to him,” Lombard said.

A message issued on behalf of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival stated that Ntoni had worked with top jazz artists including Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, Dave Brubeck and his son Darius.

“We are extremely saddened to have been informed of the death of the legendary jazz maestro Victor Ntoni,” the message read. “Bra Vic has dedicated more than 40 years to the gift of jazz as a bassist, composer, singer, arranger. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Ntoni, who was born in 1947, co-founded the Afro Cool Concept band in 1989. He toured Europe in 1995 and in 2004 received an SA Music Awards nomination.