Late Cape jazz master Errol Dyers 'set the tone' for SA music

Jazz enthusiasts are still mourning the death of iconic Cape Town jazz guitarist and composer Errol Dyers.

The 65-year-old guitarist passed away on last week Friday from emphysema, a lung disease.

Dyers collaborated with a number of local and international artists and often featured at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

He was a pioneer the Ghoema genre in the Cape Town.

He worked with artists like as Basil Manneberg Coetzee, Winston Mankunku and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Music producer Craig Parks says Dyers helped set the pace of South African music.

Parks worked and toured with the jazz icon and says he always remained humble.

You would never say he was this gigantic music, writer, composer, performers. He was always humble, and relaxed and spoke in an eloquent way.

Craig Parks, Music producer and events organiser

Being on road-trip with him was always fantastic.

Craig Parks, Music producer and events organiser

The Artscape has decided to dedicate the Heritage Jazz Series in September to the late Cape jazz icon.

Jazz journalist and close friend Gary van Dyk shared the story about how Dyer and his musician brother Alvin Dyers spread their love for music to others.

They were all part of Errol's unofficial university of music... He changed my life dramatically when I came across his music.

Gary van Dyk, Jazz journalist

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