Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a battle with prostate cancer since 2008.
His family issued as statement that reads “After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family.”
Social media has been flooded with messages of people saying their goodbyes to the legendary musician and sharing their stories.
The World has today lost a Legend. Hugh Masekela, gave us many songs, a reason to dance to Jazz, & combined that with a trumpet, not only to connect us to entertainment, but also to give South Africa, a liberating & powerful voice against Apartheid. We celebrate him @SAPresident pic.twitter.com/wtH70O9PEA
— President of Kenya (@PresidentKE) January 23, 2018
In 1954 Father Trevor Huddleston gave Bra Hugh Masekela his first trumpet from Louis Armstrong & asked Uncle Sauda to teach him basics, the rest became a colourful history…
— Mathetha Mokonyama (@MathethaM) January 23, 2018
A baobab tree has fallen, the nation has lost a one of a kind musician with the passing of Jazz legend bra Hugh Masekela. We can safely say bra Hugh was one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz and he uplifted the soul of our nation through his timeless music. #RIPBraHughMasekela pic.twitter.com/JVy47GA6aU
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) January 23, 2018