All Africa Music Awards to pay tribute to jazz legend Hugh Masekela

Jan 25, 2018, 01:28
All Africa Music Awards to pay tribute to jazz legend Hugh Masekela

There was also a message from Clr Herman Mashaba, the executive mayor of the City of Joburg, "I am sad to learn of the passing of legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela". Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent. Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home".

Simon said: "Hugh Masekela taught me more about South African culture and politics than anyone I ever met". Hugh was largely raised by his grandmother who ran an illegal bar for miners. He found escape from the racial chaos in South Africa in his days with music.

"The nation mourns one of its most recognizable signature talent in the person of Bra Hugh Masekela".

Hugh Masekela popularly called the "Father of South African jazz", Masekela was reported to have died in Johannesburg after what his family said was a "protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer".

Not all listeners appreciated Masekela's new sound - the record "p-- - off a lot of jazz purists", he later told the Contra Costa Times - but Masekela remained a pop music fixture, in part through his work in rock-and-roll.

He also got some training from Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong who encouraged him to develop his own unique style from his African influences.

In 1968 he released his seminal instrumental single Grazin' in the Grass, which reached the number one spot on the American pop charts and was a worldwide hit, launching him on the global stage. In 1959, when the nationalist government was imposing stricter rules of segregation, Masekela joined forces with an all-black band, The Jazz Epistles.

Masekela returned to South Africa in 1990 after Mandela was freed and the African National Congress party was unbanned.

Jordaan said music and football were closely related and cut across in most cases, and Masekela was a regular feature during some of the top football matches across the country.

In 2004, his autobiography, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela was released, highlighting his struggle over decades with alcoholism.

Masekela is survived by his wife, Elinam Cofie, whom he married in 1999 and for whom he penned the song, Ghana, his daughter, Pula Twala, and his son, Selema "Sal" Masekela, from his relationship with Haitian Jessie Marie Lapierre. "His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten", said Zuma.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Google v/s Microsoft: Who will win the K-12 education market?

    Google v/s Microsoft: Who will win the K-12 education market?

    The second is a $299 2-in-1 called the Trigono V401 and includes a pen as well as supporting standard touchscreen input. The headliner is a $189 Lenovo laptop, powered by Intel's Apollo Lake-generation Celeron chips.
    Monster Hunter returns to Puzzle & Dragons today

    Monster Hunter returns to Puzzle & Dragons today

    At that time, they had opted to develop the games for consoles that were in conception including Xbox One X and PlayStation 4. Capcom has released details concerning the Day One update for Monster Hunter: World .
    God of War gets a new trailer and release date

    God of War gets a new trailer and release date

    Fans of the original God of War story are used to Kratos lopping the heads off gods, and just generally being cranky throughout. If you make that pre-order from GameStop or EB Games, however, you'll also earn a special experience boost to use in-game.
  • Snapchat-Facebook Merger Would Permit Story Sharing on Other Apps

    Snapchat-Facebook Merger Would Permit Story Sharing on Other Apps

    But Snapchat is now adding a dedicated sharing feature that will let you fling your favourite Stories to absolutely anyone. Snapchat has been suffering from declines in certain metrics that indicate fewer members are using the app every day.
    Reliance Jio's new mass-connect plan to further hurt incumbents

    Reliance Jio's new mass-connect plan to further hurt incumbents

    Airtel shares were trading down 21 rupees at Rs 471, while those of Idea were down 4.35 rupees at Rs 94.85 as of 10:07 IST. Bharti Airtel had recently introduced Rs 399 plan offering unlimited calls and 1GB 4G data daily with 84 days validity.
    Tariff reduction to boost India-ASEAN trade: CR Chaudhary

    Tariff reduction to boost India-ASEAN trade: CR Chaudhary

    ASEAN and India had also made a decision to enhance the efficacy of those efforts to combat terrorism. Top leaders of all 10 ASEAN nations would also be guests of honour at the Republic Day celebrations.
  • Trump Advisers Blocking Deal to End Government Shutdown

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the legislation brought forth by Republican Sens. Graham said, "I've talked with the president his heart is right on this issue".
    Justice Ginsburg supports #MeToo movement and tells of harassment

    Justice Ginsburg supports #MeToo movement and tells of harassment

    We both really care about families, and we share a love of attractive music - especially opera". Asked what she thought of the "Me too" movement, Ginsburg didn't hesitate. "It's about time .
    Iraq to hang German woman for belonging to 'Islamic State'

    Iraq to hang German woman for belonging to 'Islamic State'

    The same month, a German teenage girl suspected of joining IS was arrested in Mosul, according to Germany's justice department. However, it is believed that Iraq is now holding more than 1300 foreign women and children following the operation in Mosul.
  • Apple becomes Laureate partner for the Malala Fund

    Apple becomes Laureate partner for the Malala Fund

    Apple continues to stress the need of education widespread amongst the masses for a brighter and more progressive future. Apple is becoming the fund's first Laureate partner and the company's CEO Tim Cook will join its leadership council.
    Xbox Games Pass gets new Microsoft Studios games on release

    Xbox Games Pass gets new Microsoft Studios games on release

    Nevertheless, there was a major shared criticism: Many popular titles only made it into the catalog months after release. Every huge first-party game that hits the Xbox One will be playable via Xbox Game Pass at no additional charge.
    Tillerson tours new London embassy derided by Trump

    Tillerson tours new London embassy derided by Trump

    Speaking ahead of Tillerson's arrival US Ambassador Johnson said, " The embassy actually, is gonna really work ". No date has been set, however, amid concerns from the White House about the level of protests against Trump.
popular