Gomis was the last surviving founder of Orchestra Baobab, Senegal’s most famous band.
He played every venue that mattered, a global face of Afrobeat. Orlando Julius embodied the groove.
Despite devastating setbacks like his studio being vandalised, the saxophonist and teacher believed that music can heal - part of a vision that shaped a future generation of jazz artists.
The composer, performer and poet was an artistic pioneer of lasting and distinctive gifts, and bottomless stamina. He gave us over 70 years of high-octane Somali musical mastery.
Johnny Clegg was a prophet, even if the ideal future he prophesied has not yet come to pass.
Songstress Dorothy Masuku once told South Africa’s public broadcaster that music was like breathing for her.