Legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78, after a battle with prostate cancer. He was born on April 4, 1939 in Witbank, South Africa.
News about his death was shared from the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s twitter handle @SAfmnews
Masekela is considered as the father of South African Jazz. He is popular for his jazz compositions and for writing anti-apartheid songs.
He had been suffering from prostate cancer for almost a decade. As a result, his last major performance was in 2010 when he helped open the FIFA World Cup in South Africa together with fellow Nigerian musician Femi Kuti.
The Masekela family has described him as “a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend” who would be “forever in our hearts”.
Social Media is flooded with tributes to the legendary jazz icon.