NEW: Zim dancehall chanter Jiggaz dies

08 Oct, 2021 - 17:10 0 Views
NEW: Zim dancehall chanter Jiggaz dies

The Sunday Mail

Dennis Chimanzi

POPULAR dancehall artiste and actor, George Tanjani, known in the music circles as Jiggaz, has died.

He was 39.

Jiggaz died early Friday morning at West End Hospital, where he was admitted after a short illness.

“Very sad to announce the untimely passing on of my brother George Jiggaz Tanjani this morning. Shocked and gutted,” wrote veteran theatre practitioner Daniel Maphosa on his Facebook page.

Another theatre practitioner, Jasen Mphepo also confirmed Jiggaz’s death via social media.

“It is with great sadness posting on this platform to announce the passing on of a young brother and colleague in the arts, George Tanjani aka Jiggaz DI Antidot Tanjani,” wrote Mphepo.

Jiggaz was one of the popular Zim dancehall artistes in the country.

As an actor, he joined Patsime Theatre Trust in 2004 and worked under the trust until his untimely death.

“Jiggaz was our key player, he was the main actor and he mobilised the stage,” said Mphepo who is the trust director.

The late artist was part of a new production that Patsime Theatre Trust intended to unveil this month end.

“He (Jiggaz) left a deep hole which will not be easy to fill. He was part of our forthcoming project,” revealed Mhepo.

Jiggaz was also uncle to Zim dancehall musician, Spiderman.

“My brother was the one who moulded Spiderman, and in our community he engaged many youths who were interested in music and acting,” added Maphosa.

The chanter left behind a wife and seven children.

Burial arrangements are yet to be announced.

Mourners are gathered at house number 4865 Glen Norah A in Harare.

 

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