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South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela dies age 78

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Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

Known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home“. Hugh Masekela died in Johannesburg in the early morning of 23 January 2018 after a 10 year long battle with prostate cancer, at the aged of 78.

Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

The family statement said “Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across six continents.”

Hugh Masekela family statement

Hugh Masekela family statement

South African President Jacob Zuma expressed his condolences, saying Masekela “kept the torch of freedom alive globally, fighting apartheid through his music and mobilizing international support for the struggle for liberation and raising awareness of the evils of apartheid … His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten.”

Outpours of condolences from fans and supporters worldwide


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