A baobab tree has fallen

By SIZWE ZWANE

-HUGH MASEKELA THE Legendary South African musician has died at the age of 78. According to the statement issued by Masekela family, the musician has died after a long battle with prostate cancer.

The statement said it is with profound sorrow that the family of Ramapolo Hugh Masekela announces his passing, after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family.

“We will, in due course, release details of memorial and burial services. Hugh Masekela was someone who always engaged robustly with the press on musical and social-political issues. We laud the press for respecting his privacy through his convalescence, and during this, our time of grief. Our gratitude to all and sundry for your condolences and support” said the statement.

Musicians, politicians and ordinary people have been sending condolence messages since this morning.

Minister of Art and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa said South Africa has not only lost a musician but it has lost an icon.

“A baobab tree has fallen, the nation has lost a one of a kind musician with the passing of Jazz legend bra Hugh Masekela. We can safely say bra Hugh was one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz and he uplifted the soul of our nation through his timeless music”

Kenyans president Uhuru Kenyatta twitted by saying,”The World has today lost a Legend. Hugh Masekela, gave us many songs, a reason to dance to Jazz, and combined that with a trumpet, not only to connect us to entertainment but also to give South Africa, a liberating and powerful voice against Apartheid. We celebrate him”….sizwe@citypost.co.za

 

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