Worldwide-known South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela has passed away at the age of 78. Last 10 years he was suffering from cancer. ‘Father of South African jazz’ died battling with prostate cancer in Johannesburg.
Masekela started playing the trumpet at the age of 14. Soon he became an integral part of the local jazz scene, who called him “Bra Hugh”.
He went into exile into the USA and the UK, where collaborated with another jazz legend Harry Belafonte. Playing the music, he wanted to tell everyone about the oppressive system in his homeland. In 1968 his single “Grazing In The Grass” became number one international hit.
Hugh also worked with Herb Alpert and Paul Simon. 2 years he spent in marriage with South African singer Miriam Makeba.
The majority of his compositions are about the struggle for better democratic life in South Africa. His “Bring Him Back Home” became an international hit. Hugh’s family told that millions of people will always remember his contribution to the world of music.
Last year he canceled all the shows and focused on the health. Cancer started to spread, so he had a surgery in spring 2016. Later he added the doctors found one more tumor, which made him feel an imbalance.
In one of the interviews, he asked all the men to do regular tests to check their health condition. The social media was full of fans’ condolences, after the news of Masekela’s death. South African President Jacob Zuma told that the musician “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.”
Masekela was the inspiration for many jazz stars and will always remain…