The Cape Town music world has lost a beloved talent with the death of 34-year-old Larnelle Gordon, a well-known percussionist and Groove Master. Beyond just sounds and melodies, his unexpected departure leaves a void in the local music community, accentuated by his remarkable rhythm and creative contributions. We pause here to honour the life and legacy of this lively performer, whose passion for music touched many people.
What is the Cause of the Death of Larnelle Gordon?
Larnelle Gordon endured great hurdles throughout her life and demonstrated remarkable perseverance in the face of adversity. At the age of 13, a near-drowning experience resulted in severe Tophaceous Gout and epilepsy, which severely impacted his health and mobility. Despite these hurdles, Larnelle refused to allow his circumstances to define him, inspiring everyone who knew him with his unwavering energy.
Living with Tophaceous. Larnelle’s everyday challenges were caused by gout and epilepsy, which required him to use a wheelchair and have regular medical care. Despite the agony and hurdles, he stayed determined to live a happy life, never letting his physical infirmities dull his love of music and dedication to his trade.
Who was Larnelle Gordon?
At the age of 34, Larnelle, a gifted musician from Goodwood, has left an indelible mark on the South African music scene, performing alongside some of the country’s most acclaimed performers.
His outstanding musical talent led him to work with renowned musicians such as Jonathan Butler, David Kramer, Lady Zamar, Alistair Izobell, Karen Kortje, Salome, Loyiso Bala, and many others.
Beginning at the age of 18, Larnelle became the drummer for the Take Note Band, which performed alongside Emo Adams. This early cooperation not only demonstrated his musical abilities but also hinted at the potential future that was ahead.