South African music legend Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78. The jazz musician has been fighting prostate cancer since 2008
Hugh Masekela dies age 78
South African music legend Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78. The jazz musician has been fighting prostate cancer since 2008.
His family released a statement to the media which read "After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa surrounded by his family."
The trumpeter, who was due to play Dubai Opera on March 8, is one of South Africa's most well-known musicians. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and developed his technique under the guidance of the late Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong.
In 1987 he appeared in the Graceland tour with Paul Simon, and in that same year he penned a song called Bring Him Back Home that became Nelson Mandela's theme song for his world tour after his release from prison.
In 2010 Masekela received the Order of Ikhamanga - South African National Orders Ceremony, and in 2014 he was given an honorary doctorate in music from the University of York.