Legendary Musician Hugh Masekela has passed away. He died while he was in a johannesburg hospital. A few months ago he announced that he was getting treatment for cancer.
Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He is considered the
“father of South African jazz.” Masekela lost his battle with prostate cancer, for which he had been treated since 2008.
In October, he cancelled a scheduled performance at the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival in Rockville, Soweto to dedicate himself to battling the disease and called on all men to go for regular cancer check-ups.
Masekela is survived by his wife, Elinam Cofie, whom he married in 1999 and for whom he penned the song “Ghana”, his daughter, Pula Twala, and his son, Selema “Sal” Masekela, from his relationship with Haitian Jessie Marie Lapierre.
He died at age 78