Twitter mourns death of former Alex musician, Hugh Masekela

Jazz legend, Hugh Masekela dies at age 78. Photo: Shayne Robinson

Tributes kept pouring in this morning, 23 January, following the announcement of the passing of former Alex resident and jazz legend, Hugh Masekela.

The 78-year-old Masekela, or Bra Hugh as he was affectionately known, has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer since 2008.

Read: Father of SA jazz, Hugh Masekela leaves a powerful legacy

Last year, Masekela announced that another tumour had been discovered after he fell while on tour in Morocco in April.

He had emergency treatment in September to neutralise the tumour and subsequently cancelled all of his music commitments to continue his fight against prostate cancer.

Tweets to the family were as follow:

https://twitter.com/siphohotstix/status/955711274163294208

https://twitter.com/LeanneManas/status/955708296719028224

Family spokesperson, Marang Setshwaelo, described Bra Hugh as someone who always engaged robustly with the press on musical, social and political issues.

Setshwaelo said they would release details of the memorial and funeral soon.

Post your messages to the family on our Facebook page

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Thabang Kuaho
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