In Memoriam: Hugh Masekela (1939–2018)

South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela died on January 23, 2018, at the age of 78.

According to The Guardian, Masekela was the "father of South African jazz" and enjoyed a career in music of more than five decades. He was born in Witbank, a mining town in eastern South Africa, and was given his first trumpet by the anti-apartheid activist archbishop Trevor Huddleston.

Masekela was well known as a performer and composer. He wrote many anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home." He also had a number 1 U.S. pop hit in 1968 with his version of "Grazing in the Grass."

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(Source: Neville Young, The Guardian)


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