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South African Jazz Legend, Hugh Masekela Dies At 78

“Father of South African jazz,” as he is often called Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with cancer, according to a statement from his family on Tuesday.

The South African jazz musician who died in Johannesburg, was a trumpeter, singer and compose. He was affectionately known locally as “Bra Hugh”. He started playing the horn at 14 and quickly became an integral part of the 1950s jazz scene in Johannesburg as a member of the Jazz Epistles.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Mr. Masekela gained international recognition with his distinctive Afro-jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues, which served as one of the soundtracks to the anti-apartheid movement.