South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela dies in Johannesburg (DailyNation)

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela dies in Johannesburg (DailyNation)

Legendary South African trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela has died, his family has confirmed.

A statement released on Tuesday said the jazz legend died peacefully surrounded by family.


Masekela, 78, had been battling prostrate cancer since 2008.

His Twitter handle read “No more pain.”

In a statement, the family expressed their grief, saying he was “a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend.

“Our hearts beat with profound loss.

“Hugh Masekela was someone who always engaged robustly with the press on musical and social political issues.”

The family said it would in due course release details of memorial and burial services.

Hugh Masekela live on his trumpet during a concert at the Carnivore Hotel, Nairobi, on June 9, 2011. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP


“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,” it added in the statement released by PR firm Dreamcatcher.

The family remembered Mr Masekela’s contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts.


Masekela, commonly referred to as the ‘father of South African jazz’, enthralled fans with his songs for decades.

The hit ‘Stimela’, meaning coal train, released in 1994, has remained an all-time favourite for many fans. His other song ‘Bring Him Back Home’, released in a 1987 album, became a hit as it was an anti-apartheid protest song that demanded the release Nelson Mandela.

He has performed all over the world, including in Kenya, and his shows were well attended. Read more

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