Hugh Masekela whose full name is Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer.
He was born on 4th April 1939 in Witbank, South Africa and started singing and playing the piano at the young age of 14.
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
- Grazing in the Grass
- Bring Him Back Home
- Coal Train
- Bajabula Bonke
- Ibala Lam
- Thuma Mina
- The Boy’s Doin’ It
- African Secret Society
- Ha Lese Le Di Khanna
- Old People, Old Folks
- Ha Le Se
- Song of Love
- Soweto Blues
- Mace and Grenades
- Been Such a Long Time Going
- Heaven in You
- The Joke of Life
- Bo Masekela
- No Woman No Cry
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
Hugh Masekela Video
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.
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.
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.