Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician, has died aged 78. I am feeling so blessed that I had a time and chance to go and enjoy his most recent performances in the UK. Given his vitality and the steam going out of the stage I wouldn’t even think about that we can be loosing him so soon forever.
A statement from the trumpeter’s family said Masekela “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg, where he lived and worked for much of his life.
“A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with a profound loss. 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 memories of millions across six continents,” the statement read. R.I.P brother Hugh , you will never be forgotten.