Zuma: Hugh Masekela's contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten

Cape Town - Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela has died after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

The veteran trumpeter and ground breaking artist was 78. The star was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008. 

He went on to cancel all scheduled performances in October, as his health was deteriorating.  


Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has confirmed the news.


BREAKING: South African music legend Hugh Masekela dies

Hugh Masekela


The family has released a statement following his death:


Hugh Masekela's life remembered in photos

Hugh Masekela


Simphiwe Dana says goodbye to Hugh Masekela in moving tribute:


South Africa says goodbye to Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela


TV personality Nandi Madida rememebers time spent with Hugh Masekela.


What is your favorite song by the Legendary Hugh Masekela? 

Tributes continue to pour in on social media.


A Legend: Tribute to Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela



Remembering Hugh Masekela: the horn player with a shrewd ear for music of the day (Via The Conversation)

"I don't want to be yesterday's guy."


President Zuma sends his condolences on passing of Mr Hugh Masekela

President Jacob Zuma has expressed heartfelt condolences on the sad passing of internationally acclaimed jazz artist, legendary trumpeter, cultural activist and liberation struggle veteran Mr Hugh Masekela, who has passed on at the age of 78.



COSATU remembers Hugh Masekela:


City of Johannesburg Press Statement by The Executive Mayor, Cllr Herman Mashaba


I am sad to learn of the passing of legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela. Ntate Masekela died today at the age of 78 after a battle with prostate cancer. 

I would like to send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time. 

Considered the "father of South African jazz", we can scarce tell the story of South Africa without speaking of his immense contributions to the liberation of black people through his jazz compositions. He was a personal favourite of mine, and ignited my love for jazz music. 

Well known for anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home", his skill and mastery of the trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, cornet and vocals will continue give joy and upliftment to future generations. 

Ntate Hugh Masekela was internationally renowned and locally loved and celebrated. South Africa has lost one of its best. His music will continue to live on in our hearts as we remember him. 

May his soul rest in eternal peace.


WATCH: Hugh Masekela remembers getting a trumpet from Louis Armstrong (Read more here)


Rocking the Daisies pays tribute to Bra Hugh on Twitter: