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South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela Has Died

Hamba kahle, Bra Hugh.

South African jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, also known as Bra Hugh, has died after a battle with prostate cancer. He passed away Tuesday in Johannesburg.


In October last year, the jazz legend cancelled all his gigs and other commitments "so that I may rest and heal."

In December, he was reported to be recovering. His manager Josh Georgiou said in a statement, "He's in a good state. He is fighting. He is doing good."

This morning the artist was reported dead. He was 78.

In a statement to the Guardian, his family said: "A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with a profound loss. Hugh's global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memories of millions across six continents."

Tributes have since been pouring in.






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