Hugh Masekela, Legendary South African Jazz Trumpeter, Part Ways With The Living Today

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Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78.

 

In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”.

 

Hugh Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits song titled Soweto Blues. The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement.

 

In a statement , South African President Jacob Zuma said Masekela’s death was “an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large and also his contribution to the struggle for liberation in South Africa will never be forgotten.

 

All that we’re saying is Rest In Perfect Peace at Hugh Masekela. Your existence on earth caused a lot of positive impact.

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