Well, it would be pretty irresponsible of us not to post something on former SA president, Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela today.
So heres some more info to fill your news feed.
South African President Jacob Zuma announced in a nationally televised address the passing of anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. President Zuma disclosed that the respected statesman died around 8:50PM South African Standard Time (SAST) on the 5th of December 2013. He was 95.
Doors co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek died yesterday, 20 May 2013, in Rosenheim, Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.
“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”
The Doors didn’t have a bassist, so Manzarek often played the bass parts on his Fender Rhodes piano. He also played a Vox Continental organ, which can be heard on the famous intro to “Light My Fire” and numerous other Doors classics. The group shared credit on most songs and split all profits evenly.
American guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a co-founder of the heavy metal band Slayer, died in southern California on Thursday, the band said in a statement posted on their website. He was 49.
“Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure,” the band said.
Jeff had been recovering from a spider bite which had left him with necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease which attacks subcutaneous tissue.
Hanneman founded Slayer with fellow guitarist Kerry King in the early 1980s in suburban Los Angeles.
The band was known as one of the “big four” thrash metal groups of the 1980s, along with Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica.
Hanneman is best known as a writer of the songs Raining Blood and Angel of Death from the 1986 album Reign of Blood, which is considered a landmark of the thrash genre.
Social networks took off with people expressing their gried, not only fans but also fellow musicians. Slash, from Guns’n’Roses fame, said: “Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man”, while Andrew WK said “Jeff Hanneman will always be a metal god. A true master, he gave energy and excitement to millions, and will continue to.”
Hanneman is survived by his wife, Kathy, and three siblings.
RIP Jeff, another sad loss to music the world over.
Social media was abuzz yesterday afternoon with some saddening news, the local music industry had lost another influential drummer.
It has been reported that Southern Gypsey Queen drummer, Paul Wilson, passed away of a heart attack on Wednesday afternoon at Molteno Hospital, in the Eastern Cape. He was 29. Paul had been fighting off a serious case of meningitis, but was expected to make a full recovery.
Last week Southern Gypsey Queen had released this statement:
We regret to inform you that Paul Wilson, drummer for Southern Gypsey Queen has fallen ill and sadly there is no way that SGQ will be able to perform at Kaktus op die Vlaktes this Saturday, we are confident that he will be back on his feet and Rock n Rolling in no time.
All of us at noeyedeer would like to extend our condolences to Paul’s family, friends and fans.
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