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23.1.18

Legendary South African Singer, Hugh Masekela Is Dead

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Legendary South African Singer, Hugh Masekela Is Dead
Hugh Masekela
 
Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and "the father of South African jazz", has died aged 78.
 
In a statement, his family said he had "passed peacefully" in Johannesburg "after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer".
 
Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues.
 
The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement.
 
In a statement, South African President Jacob Zuma said Masekela's death was "an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large".
 
Zuma continued: "His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten."

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