Oliver-Rene Haas Death – Dead | Passed Away – Obituary
Oliver-Rene Haas Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Oliver-Rene Haas.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
So sad to hear that the kind soul Oliver-Rene Haas owner of The Jazzy Rainbow in Durban has passed on. He kept the venue going on a small budget and always opened the door to anyone that wanted to come make music. You will be missed and Durban has lost a fantastic supporter of music. Thank you for the music.
Oliver-Rene Haas… strong willed, opinionated, stubborn… fun loving, generous, stingy… select any that fits. We differed sharply on some issues, agreed wholeheartedly on that mattered the most to us… our shared passion for the arts, jazz in particular.
Lasting memories of some stupendous jazz performances to hit Durban took place at your venue, The Jazzy Rainbow. You created a space for the creative arts to thrive in Durban.
I’m happy that I made every effort to get audiences to attend live performances at your venue, even selling out some. Your passing on has saddened me. Thank you for your contribution. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music joins the Durban jazz fraternity in mourning the death of Oliver-Rene Haas. The proprietor of the Jazzy Rainbow was large in stature, in voice, in his opinions, and in heart. Typically, he leaves a large void in our community and in our hearts. Oliver was an abiding ally in the development of young jazz musicians, and many a young musician cut their teeth on the Jazzy Rainbow stage. He was a real jazz man, purist in many ways, and for all the bluster and complaining about Durban jazz audiences, the ruling party, drummers who were making off with bits and pieces of his beloved drum kit, he understood the slippery slope that virtually any jazz endeavor is founded on. It is perhaps why we shared such kinship and why the doors of the Jazzy Rainbow were always open to all the musicians who came knocking. And if they didn’t come knocking, Oliver could be trusted to berate all and sundry. Hambe kahle big man. Siyabonga Kakhulu. Rest well.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as family statement on the death is yet to be released.