Breaking: Hugh Masekela dies

From left: South African musician Steve Dyer ,Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi perform at HICC during Tukus Tribute Gala on Friday. All pictures: Hilary Maradzika

Popular South African musician, Hugh Masekela has died. He was 78.

According the South Africa’s SABC news channel, Masekela, who was fighting prostate cancer and disclosed his ailment last December, died this morning.

More details to follow.


  1. Afro jazz fans am sure will miss you Masekela. I was listening to your song “Send Me” when i got the news that you passed away Masekela. I am one of your staunch fans among millions who adore you world over. I am saddened by your untimely departure brother. In fact I started loving your music from the 1970s when I was a student at Manama High School in Gwanda in Matebeleland South Province. May your soul Rest in Peace.

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