South African Jazz Legend & Trumpeter Passes On At 78

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Legendary South African trumpeter and musician Hugh Masekela has passed on after a protracted battle with cancer.

Hugh Masekela who is widely regarded as the ‘father of South African jazz’ passed on at the age of 78.

The musician before his demise had a long battle with prostate cancer for about a decade since 2008 when he was first diagnosed.

His family has since made an official statement announcing the passing away of the revered musician.

After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South surrounded by his family.’

During his active days Hugh Masekela wrote anti-apartheid songs which were popular in the fight for the release of Nelson Mandela.