Bra Hugh played tunes to our heart’s desires

2018-01-25 06:00
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Just when we thought we’d heard the last of the passing of our music icons, we get to hear about the demise of the legendary “Bra” Hugh Masekela.

And it is to the dreaded disease of them all, and which affects only men; prostate cancer.

A quick glance: Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers, affecting approximately 17% of men at some point during their lives. It is a is a very slow-growing cancer and many men die from it without being aware of its existence. Back to our topic. I’m sure we will all miss this legend whose music brought sweet melodies to our hearts.

For as long as I have lived, his music has always been a source of inspiration.

From the dark days of Apartheid and to the transition to and this period of democratic change, he did not rest on his laurels or fold his arms, when he saw that things were not going right.

He would speak his mind when he noticed or felt that things were un-African or people were behaving in ways that shied away from African values. I remember meeting him a couple of years after he had quit alcohol and I asked him how he’d done it, and he’d said: “My laaitie daar niks, just don’t do it.” I couldn’t fathom it at first, until I realized the power of that statement.

Bra Hugh was a visionary and a life changer who inspired the young and the old.

I know he is joining the many who have gone before him. Bra Hugh, please play that trumpet of yours as loud as your can when you meet up with ooMama Miriam, Bra Ray, Brenda, Nana and many more.

I never thought the train that brought people to Jo’burg and surrounding areas would ever come to stop. Rest in Power.

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