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.
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:
A baobab tree has fallen, the nation has lost a one of a kind musician with the passing of Jazz legend bra Hugh Masekela. We can safely say bra Hugh was one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz and he uplifted the soul of our nation through his timeless music. #RIPBraHughMasekela pic.twitter.com/JVy47GA6aU
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) January 23, 2018
As a child, I would get so frustrated everytime my uncle played his music, but grew to love it as I grew older. #RIPBraHugh.
— The Great One (@Potonsi) January 23, 2018
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) January 23, 2018
— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 23, 2018
— #WeAreFamilia (@MiCasaMusic) January 23, 2018
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.