Cape Town - Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela has died after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
The veteran trumpeter and ground breaking artist was 78. The star was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008.
He went on to cancel all scheduled performances in October, as his health was deteriorating.
President Jacob Zuma has expressed heartfelt condolences on the sad passing of internationally acclaimed jazz artist, legendary trumpeter, cultural activist and liberation struggle veteran Mr Hugh Masekela, who has passed on at the age of 78.
I am sad to learn of the passing of legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela. Ntate Masekela died today at the age of 78 after a battle with prostate cancer.
I would like to send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
Considered the "father of South African jazz", we can scarce tell the story of South Africa without speaking of his immense contributions to the liberation of black people through his jazz compositions. He was a personal favourite of mine, and ignited my love for jazz music.
Well known for anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home", his skill and mastery of the trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, cornet and vocals will continue give joy and upliftment to future generations.
Ntate Hugh Masekela was internationally renowned and locally loved and celebrated. South Africa has lost one of its best. His music will continue to live on in our hearts as we remember him.
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