South African Father of Jazz, Hugh Masekela Goes To Rest At 78

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Hardship in South Africa during the days of Apartheid created a culture of resistance and protest that was embodied by the likes of political figures like Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo. The culture pervaded simply politics and spread to the arts where it was personified by artists like Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. Unfortunately, following a ten year fight with prostate cancer, the South African father of Jazz music went to rest today in Johannesburg.

Masekela who was at the forefront of the struggle against the Apartheid government was sent into exile in 1960 shortly after the Sharpeville Massacre which claimed the lives of 69 people. Following an education across the UK and US, Masekela relocated to Botswana where he established the Botswana International School of Music. Masekela was also responsible for the record, Bring Him Back Home which was considered one of the unofficial anthems of the anti-apartheid movement.

Read the tributes that have poured in from politicians and musicians around the world.

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