The music’s over for Bra Hugh and his wife

2013-12-22 14:00

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Legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela is divorcing his wife – at the age of 75.

Masekela is divorcing his Ghanian-born wife, Elinam, after nearly 10 years of marriage.

He’s not the first high-profile South African to split as a septuagenarian. Nelson Mandela was 78 when he divorced Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 1996.

A close associate of Masekela, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said that Elinam called it quits a few months ago after complaining that she always slept alone because Bra Hugh, as Masekela is known to his fans, was always away from home.

The associate said Masekela spent a lot of his time in the US touring with his band, while Elinam remained alone in the couple’s Johannesburg home.

She apparently convinced him that she could travel with him to the US, but later changed her mind.

“After long and laborious discussions, the two agreed to part ways amicably,” said the associate.

He also said that Elinam packed her bags last week and headed home to Ghana.

“We feel very bad that it is now over. We thought they would find a solution to their problem, but unfortunately things turned out to be the way they are.

“We don’t blame her for her decision because in her late 30s she is too young to be left at home,” said the associate.

In a statement, Masekela’s manager, Andrew Josh Georgiou said: “Both Mr and Mrs Masekela have declined to comment on the matter.

“As you yourself have pointed out, it is very much a private matter and they would prefer to keep it that way,” Georgiou wrote.

This is not the first failed marriage for the internationally revered musician.

In 1962, his marriage to songstress Miriam Makeba crumbled after just two years, with the couple citing irreconcilable differences.

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