Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

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".

Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues.

The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement.

Comments (7)

Farewell to a music icon, master player of the trumpet, african jazz proponent. He played in Harare at the Rugby grounds, what a show. Chileshe, Kauleza, Stimela, Uptownship, Tanai,Change and many others. He was the icon of resistance to the apatheid system through his music which cut across cultures. May his soul rest in peace he deserves a place amongst the great musicians from Africa and indeed the world!!!

Kambiri - 23 January 2018

Fare ye well Jazz Maestro. Son of Africa. You will be fondly missed.

victor - 23 January 2018

sleep maestro

c hris - 23 January 2018

sleep maestro

c hris - 23 January 2018

The guy was very articulate too on social and political issues and he held very personal views and convictions on such issues. RIP Hugh.

Dopori - 24 January 2018

LalA sINTLE,...SINTLE TSAMAYA MORENA

mozzie - 7 February 2018

Rest in Peace legend

Slim Cat - 10 February 2018

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