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Hugh Masekela
Hugh-Masakela in 2013 (cropped).jpg
Masekela in 2013
Background information
Birth nameHugh Ramapolo Masekela
Born4 April 1939(1939-04-04)
Witbank, South Africa
Died23 January 2018(2018-01-23) (aged 78)
Johannesburg, South Africa
GenresJazz, mbaqanga
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, composer, bandleader
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, cornet, vocals
Years active1956–2018
LabelsMercury, MGM, Uni, Chisa, Blue Thumb, Casablanca Records, Heads Up, Verve, PolyGram

Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018)[1] 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".

Masekela died in Johannesburg on 23 January 2018 from prostate cancer, aged 78.[2][3]