Zimbabwean actor George 'Jiggaz' Tanjani passed away early Friday morning after a brief illness. He was 39. The award-winning dancehall artiste died at West End Hospital in Harare, with his demise described as a huge loss to the entertainment industry and the nation as a whole. Tanjani had garnered a following from the early 2000s for his dancehall chanting skills, which led to the birth of his stage name 'Jiggaz'. Personalities from all walks of life, including fans have been expressing their condolences on social media after news of the National Arts Merits Awards-winning theatre and arts star's passing away was made official, with some people also gathering at his residence to pay their final respects.
Rest in peace Dancehall Stah Jiggaz father to Spiderman 😭😭😭😭😭Life is too short pic.twitter.com/Nbjnt7BewC— Fame Factory Zimbabwe (@FameZimbabwe) October 8, 2021
Another Sad day for the Zimbabwean arts industry as we have lost actor | Zimdancehall artist George Tanjani aka Jiggaz— NSR.zw (@NSR_zw) October 8, 2021
Thank you for your contribution in Theatre, Film & music, we will surely miss you#RIPJiggaz pic.twitter.com/ofuanINR4m
Today we lost, Jiggaz, a Zimdancehall star, "Vakutiti Takushaina" Hitmaker. pic.twitter.com/ZwK6coRoDY— Maxx Music Ent. (@MaxxMusicEnter1) October 8, 2021
Sad news we have lost a ZimDancehall legend.. Jiggaz (spiderman's father) MHSRP 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/6UWDoTGchS— Real White Murungu 🇿🇼🇬🇧 (@Lexmurungu) October 8, 2021
In a statement, Daniel Maphosa, Savanna Trust and Theatre Director said, "Very sad to announce the untimely passing on of my brother George Jiggaz Tanjani this morning. Shocked and gutted. RIP Wamambo. Matungamira henyu Chirasha. Mwari ndivo vanoziva." Likewise, actor and Patsime Edutainment Trust director Jasen Mphepho stated, "One legend gone, pasi rino hariguti. Rest easy legend, rest in power George Tanjani aka Jiggaz DI Antidot Tanjani till we meet again."
George 'Jiggaz' Tanjani is known among fans for his hit songs namely 'MaSister' and 'Coin' and has also performed on the stage with popular Jamaican musicians like Capleton, Elephant Man and Mr Vegas. The popular Zimbabwean singer started a music stable, 'The Antidote', which provided a path for artists like Smartex and Spiderman, who entered the Dancehall industry at a young age. He won a NAMA award for his role in the local drama, Decorder, which came out seven years ago. Jiggaz is reportedly survived by wife and seven children.
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