R.I.P. Brett Jackson

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Some really sad news reached me today as I found out that my South African friend/collegue producer/dj Brett Jackson passed away early this morning. At an age of 28 he lost the battle with his cancer and it’s a sad day for all friends, family & fans. I am paying my deepest respect to his family, friends and his Soul Candi collegues. Brett… buddy, it was nice knowing you on your (too) short visit to mother earth. Your music was inspiring, your deejay-sets were refreshing, your productions were deep and super sincere, your kindness and warmth made all people who knew you smile! You will be missed but never forgotten! Have a great party up there in deep house heaven!

This is the press release that reached me today:

LEGENDARY DJ BRETT JACKSON – GONE TOO SOON

It is with much sadness that we notify South Africa on the passing of a friend, a brother, a son & a legend – Deep House DJ – Brett Jackson. At 5:45am on Wednesday 16 February 2011, at the age of 28yrs old, Brett Jackson lost his battle to Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer at the Pretoria East Hospital. He leaves behind his father Brian, Mom Colleen, Sister Lee & niece Georgia.

Diagnosed with the disease in November 2008, Brett fought back like a true soldier – even contributing his time and status to the CANSA Organisation’s fundraising courses and contributing a portion of his royalty earnings to the organisation.

Born 28 May 1982, Brett Jackson became known for his soulful deep house sounds – being cross-over and breaking into the urban market scene. With several critically acclaimed compilation series under his belt such as The Deeper Sound of Brett Jackson, Dig Deeper Vol 1 & 2, Soul Select Vol 1-3, The Best of OM & most recently Soul Candi Sessions 5. On an international level, Brett was renowned – From Cape Town to Karlsruhe, Durban to Dubai, Brett Jackson has rocked dancefloors across Belgium, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, Spain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and beyond. 

Brett Jackson joined the Soul Candi family in 2003 as the record store manager and buyer and was currently the label manager of the Urban Dance division. His contribution to the label saw him compile some of the biggest selling albums the label has ever released. A true music visionary he was.

Much can be said for his life as a DJ – but as a man, he was one of ethics, honour, honesty and privacy and indeed a true soldier.

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family and request that the public and media please respect his family’s need for privacy in their time of mourning.

REST IN PEACE BRETT JACKSON. YOU ARE LOVED & MISSED BY YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS & FANS.

In memory of a soldier 28/05/1982 – 16/02/2011

Written By : Sheree O’Brien on behalf of Soul Candi Music