Google doodle honours jazz great Hugh Masekela

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela in concert, 17th February 2012. (Photo by Judith Burrows/Getty Images)

Hugh Ramapolo Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He has been described as “the father of South African jazz.” Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home”. Wikipedia

Masekela died on January 23 2018. The world-renowned trumpeter’s death shocked the globe. In 2017, he confirmed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.



At the time of his death, Masekela was still making music. Rapper Ricky Rick revealed that the two were working on a project together at the time. Sal Masekela, the son of the jazz veteran, said that the family would be honoured to have streets and buildings named after his father.

Fans took to social media to remember the music legend.

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