Music legend, Bra Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78. His passing was confirmed by a statement issued by his family to confirm the icon lost his courageous battle with prostrate cancer.
“After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family,” read the statement.
Hugh Masekela was not only an icon on the shores of the South Africa or the African continent. His unique Afro-Jazz sound as well as the trumpet accorded him global acclaim.
Hugh Masekela will very well be remembered for several hit songs, but “Soweto Blues” brings fond memories as the 1977 hit became the anthem for the anti-apartheid movement.
Tributes have been pouring in for Hugh Masekela who was born in Witibank in 1939. One of such came from South African President, Jacob Zuma, who said in a statement that the departed star kept the torch of freedom alive globally fighting apartheid through his music and mobilising international support for the struggle for liberation and raising awareness of the evils of apartheid.
“The nation mourns one its most recognizable signature talent in the person of Bra Hugh Masekela. It is an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large.”
“His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten. We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and peers in the arts and culture fraternity at large. May his soul rest in peace,” said President Zuma.
Several others have been paying their respects to the memory of Hugh Masekela and you can as well share your condolences in the comments section below.
R.I.P Hugh Masekela.