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Africa mourns anti-apartheid icon, Hugh Masekela

The musical impressario made a huge mark on the global stage

By Nsikan Ikpe

 

Africa is mourning the illustrious musical prodigy and anti-apartheid icon, Hugh Masekela.

Masekela, a world renowned musician who lent his music to the service of the struggle to end years of white domination on his native South Africa passed away on Tuesday.

A notable Afro-jazz exponent, he was aged 78 at the time of his death and was a very well known entertainment personality who had made a mark all over the globe.

Since the news of his demise broke, tributes have continued to pour in from all over the world even as throngs of statesmen and women, celebrities and admirers have continued to call at his home, with many others expressing their reactions via social media.

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted:

 7h7 hours ago

It is hard to find the words with which to bid my friend Hugh Masekela farewell: so long and rich was his life; and so inspiring his example.

The passing of global Jazz Icon Bra Hugh Masekela is a loss to us all. Heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues a

A baobab tree has fallen, the nation has lost a one of a kind musician with the passing of Jazz legend bra Hugh Masekela. We can safely say bra Hugh was one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz and he uplifted the soul of our nation through his timeless music.

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There were other tributes from the rest of the world:

Freedom fighter, anti-apartheid advocate, gifted musician and good friend.May his soul Rest In Peace.

Hugh Masekela taught me more about South African culture and politics than anyone I ever met. A great musician and songwriter, he was also one of the wittiest people I’ve known. I never had a bad moment in his company.

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