South African Jazz maestro Hugh Masekela dies of cancer at 78

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BY KORIR JUMA,SOURCES,NAIROBI,23RD JAN 2018-South African trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela has died.This is according to his family.

According to a statement released on Tuesday said the jazz legend died peacefully surrounded by family members.
Masekela, 78, had been battling prostrate cancer since 2008.

His Twitter handle read “No more pain.”

The family has expressed their grief, saying he was “a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend.

“Our hearts beat with profound loss.
“Hugh Masekela was someone who always engaged robustly with the press on musical and social political issues.”

The family said it would in due course release details of memorial and burial services.
“We laud the press for respecting his privacy through his convalescence, and during this, our time of grief. Our gratitude to all and sundry for your condolences and support,” it added in the statement released by PR firm Dreamcatcher.
The family remembered Mr Masekela’s contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts.

Music success journey

Masekela, who is commonly referred to as the ‘father of South African jazz’, enthralled fans with his songs for decades.

The hit Stimela, meaning coal train, released in 1994, has remained an all-time favourite for many fans. He went on to release other hits such as  Bring Him Back Home which was  released in a 1987 album, became a hit as it was an anti-apartheid protest song that demanded the release Nelson Mandela.

He has performed all over the world, including in Kenya, and his shows were well attended.

He leaves behind a rich music legacy.

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