Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies aged 78

Angelo Anderson
January 23, 2018

In a statement released by Masekela's family, it was revealed that the jazz trumpeter passed after a battle with prostate cancer.

Masekela, who was born on April 4, 1939, has been described as a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend.

His subsequent solo career spanned over five decades, during which time he has released over 40 albums.

"I'm in a good space as I battle this stealthy disease and I urge all men to have regular tests to check your own condition".

He was also honoured with a "Hugh Masekela Day" in March 2011.

However, The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival Presented by Assupol went on as planned in November, with Oliver Mtukudzi, Johnny Cradle and Riky Rick, set to perform at the Elkah Stadium. The show will continue with a line-up including Tuku, Riky Rick, Papa Penny, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Bye Beneco, Johnny Cradle, Zoe Modiga, BCUC and a traditional Basotho group.

The "father of South African jazz" cancelled public appearances in October to focus on the fight against cancer, which he had been diagnosed with in 2008.

The world renowned trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer is known for his jazz compositions, as well as for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as Soweto Blues and Bring Him Back Home. Robala ka kgotso Bra Hugh.

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