Legendary musician was just found dead, leaving thousands in tears. Prayers for the family during this heartbreaking time.
He is the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist. The wonderful Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 according to reports.
The musician lived in Johannesburg at the time of his death. Reports shared that he passed away after a decade-long fight with cancer.
His family released the heartbreaking statement on Tuesday announcing that he had passed away. If you’ve known anything about Hugh, you probably have heard his nickname “Father of South African jazz.”
He was truly a legend and his music is going to be missed immensely. Masekela died in Johannesburg after due to a “protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer.” Statement via his family.
One of the things that made him stand out the most from all of the rest were that he tied in politics with his music. This was something that made his songs, songs that will never go out of style. We will be listening to them forever.
Although we know him as a singer, he was also a trumpet player and even composed his own music. He was just 14 years old when he started music.
In the 1950s he became very well known in the jazz scene in Johannesburg. He was a member or the Jazz Epistles and a member of the orchestra in the groundbreaking jazz opera, “King Kong.”
Masekela had a passion to show the world what Africa really is all about. And he did a great job at pioneering that movement through his music.
“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are,” Masekela is quoted as saying on his official website.
This is heartbreaking. Please keep all friends and family in prayers. He will be missed.
Prayers for the family. RIP