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South African musician Hugh Masekela dies after long battle with cancer

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South African jazz musician, Hugh Masekela has died. According to a statement released by his family on 23 January, the musician lost “a courageous and protracted battle with prostate cancer.” Masekela was 78 years old.

The musician was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and had been receiving treatment since then. The family says he passed away “peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family”. He is survived by his son, Sal Masekela and his daughter, Pula Twala.

Hugh Masekela is best known for songs such as “Soweto Blues”, “Stimela”, “Bring Him Back Home” and “Thanayi.” Masakela’s family indicated that they “will, in due course release details of memorial and burial services.”

Below is one of Hugh Masakela’s last interviews, courtesy of Joburg TV.


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