Today, we celebrate the birthday of Hugh Masekela, popularly known as Father of South African Jazz. He was also one of the leading personalities not only in the field of music but also in politics too. He was a leading activist during his country’s rule under the repressive apartheid government. Hugh was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer.
His main inspiration for taking up the trump came from the film Young Man With a Horn. Later encouraged by activist Father Trevor Huddleston
Unfortunately, the legend left us on 23 January 2018 at the age of 78. Masekela was born in the town of Witbank on April 4 1939. He was associated with various artist like Miriam Makeba, Paul Simo, Selema Masekela, Barbara Maskela, Earl Sweatshirt.
Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring him back home". He also had a number one US pop hit with his version of "Grazing the grass" in 1968.
Google pays tributes to the legendary person and has made him a living legend.