WATCH: Hugh Masekela remembers getting a trumpet from Louis Armstrong


Cape Town – Legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela died after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. 

The music maestro is considered the “father of South African jazz.”

In a short film by Adrian Steirn for the Icons 21 series Masekela talks about receiving a trumpet for Louis Armstrong in 1956, speaking to imaginary friends in Zulu in Central Park and tells the inside story of how he got his nickname Slow Poison. 

Watch it here:


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