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Legendary South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela has died aged 78.

In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg after a battle with prostate cancer.

A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with a profound loss. Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memories of millions across six continents,” the statement read.

Masekela had been suffering from prostate cancer for almost a decade and he spent the last months of his life encouraging men to go for regular cancer check-ups.

In August of 2016 the globally acclaimed jazz maestro performed at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge in Nairobi.


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