Africa has lost one of the finest trumpeters to have graced the entertainment scene, Hugh Masekela died today at age 78.
His family said in a statement, he “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”.
Tributes have poured in from Africans both home and abroad including the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma; Masekela’s death was “an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large”, he said.
“His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten,” he added.
He is highly regarded as the father of South African jazz due to his genius ways of delivering sweet melodies and played a huge role in the anti-apartheid movement with songs like ‘Soweto Blues’, ‘Bring Him Back Home’ and more.
Hugh’s contribution to the creative arts industry and his impact on lives will forever be remembered. R.I.P legend.
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