Hugh Masekela Biography, Age, Songs, Awards & Death

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Hugh Masekela whose full name is Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer born on 4th April 1939 in Witbank, South Africa. He started singing and playing the piano at the young age of 14.

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Hugh Masekela Death

The popular entertainer died on the early morning of 23 January 2018 from prostate cancer at the age of 78 in Johannesburg.

Hugh Masekela Songs

  1. Stimela
  2. Grazing in the Grass
  3. Bring Him Back Home
  4. Chileshe
  5. Coal Train
  6. Languta
  7. Bajabula Bonke
  8. Nomali
  9. Ibala Lam
  10. Thuma Mina
  11. The Boy’s Doin’ It
  12. Uptownship
  13. African Secret Society
  14. Abangoma
  15. Ha Lese Le Di Khanna
  16. Khauleza
  17. Old People, Old Folks
  18. Thimlela
  19. Makoti
  20. Ha Le Se
  21. Thanayi
  22. Song of Love
  23. Soweto Blues
  24. Mace and Grenades
  25. Sechaba
  26. Been Such a Long Time Going
  27. Mbombela
  28. Heaven in You
  29. The Joke of Life
  30. Bo Masekela
  31. Mamoriri
  32. No Woman No Cry
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Hugh Masekela Awards

  • 2010: Order of Ikhamanga during the South African National Orders Ceremony
  • 2007: African Music Legend Award at the Ghana Music Awards
  • 2005: Lifetime Achievement Award during Channel O Music Video Award
  • 2002: International Award of the year during the BBC Radio Jazz Awards

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Hugh Masekela News

Google Doodle honours Hugh Masekela, the father of South African jazz

For what would have been his 80th birthday, Google Doodle is honouring Hugh Masekela, the trumpeter and bandleader fondly remembered as the father of South African jazz.

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Masekela, who died on Jan. 23, 2018 after a battle with prostate cancer, was more than a musician. He was also a leading activist during his country’s rule under the repressive apartheid government. He ended up in exile for 31 years and did not return home until the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990. But during his exile, he kept playing and raising awareness about the conditions in his country and around the world.

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Born on April 4, 1939, Masekela first picked up a trumpet after seeing the film Young Man With a Horn and encouraged by activist Father Trevor Huddleston. Often described as the “father of South African jazz,” Masekela was an icon of South Africa’s Sophiatown, the political and cultural enclave of Johannesburg that was razed by apartheid police but remains a symbol of black freedom.

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