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Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates Late South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela On His 80th Birthday

Google is celebrating the late star's 80th birthday today.

Just about a year ago, Hugh Masekela lost a battle to prostate cancer, two months before his 79th birthday, which is on the 4th of April.

To commemorate the legendary musician and anti-apartheid activist on what would have been his 80th birthday, one of today's Google Doodles is of Bra Hugh.


He was one of the most celebrated jazz musicians in South Africa and the continent at large. He released countless albums and singles, some of which have become standards.

Alongside a gang of South African musicians of that era, including the likes of Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya and many others, Bra Hugh helped keep the apartheid government on their toes as they made music for the struggle. They acted as whistleblowers and encouraged the people in the fight against the oppressive apartheid government.

The musician had managed to achieve longevity. He had managed to remain a relevant musician in all eras, having worked with younger musicians such as Black Coffee, TRESOR, J' Something and a few others. A few weeks before his death, he was on the verge of collaborating with the rapper Riky Rick.

Bra Hugh lived the rockstar lifestyle while in exile in the States, and he survived it. He gave some graphic details of his adventures in debauchery in his 2004 memoir Still Grazing, which was reprinted in 2016 after having gone out of print years ago.

Other Google Doodles today celebrate what could have been Maya Angelou's 90th birthday, Senegal's Independence Day and a few more.

Read about Bra Hugh's life and career on Google, here and listen to our playlist of the artist's key songs below:


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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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