One of the biggest names in the world of jazz music has sadly passed away. Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78. He was a world-famous jazz artist and had recently been battling prostate cancer.
Hugh was from South Africa and spent over 5 decades in the music industry. He produced 40 solo albums and worked with some of the biggest names in the jazz world.
"Through his five-decade career, Masekela released 40 solo albums and collaborated with Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Paul Simon. Born in Witbank, South Africa in 1939, Masekela was given his first trumpet at age 14 by anti-apartheid activist Father Trevor Huddleston," according to Essence.
Hugh later came to America and started working with Harry Belafonte at the Manhattan School of Music. His work on "Bring Home Nelson Mandela" was a major success during the anti-apartheid movement.
"A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with profound loss. Hugh's global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across six continents. We are blessed and grateful to be part of a life and ever-expanding legacy of love. Rest in power, beloved. You are forever in our hearts," read a statement from his family.
Please join us in praying for all those who loved, and were close to, Hugh during this time. We ask that God's grace comforts them as they mourn his loss.
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