South African music legend Hugh Masekela dies

Hugh Masekela (Photo: Getty)
Hugh Masekela (Photo: Getty)

Cape Town – South African music legend Hugh Masekela has died, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has confirmed.

The veteran trumpeter and ground breaking artist was 78. The star was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008. 

Bra Hugh – as he was affectionately known by his adoring fans – was born in Witbank, Mpumalanga on 4 April 1939. He is survived by his two children Sal Masekela and Pula Twala. 

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The father of two married Elinam Cofie in 1999. The pair divorced in 2013.