Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela, “Rejoice” (World Circuit Records)
“Rejoice,” a long-dormant collaboration between legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and the late South African horn player...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Musicians in South Africa performed in a tribute for Hugh Masekela, the jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist who died after a decade-long fight with cancer.
The joyful memorial which drew about 400 people was held Sunday at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg. Among those who performed were South African musicians Jonas Gwangwa, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse and Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The son of legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela says his father had "laughter and humor to the very end" before his death this week in Johannesburg.
Selema "Sal" Masekela told The Associated Press that "millions of people from across this world have shown their love for him" after a decade-long fight with prostate cancer.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. He was 78.
Often called the "Father of South African jazz," Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said Tuesday was a "protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer."
Masekela was a rare artist who succeeded in fusing politics with his music, making his songs and performances compelling and timeless.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rise and fall of flamboyant, ferocious Ezekiel Dlamini, a black South African boxer known as "King Kong" who was jailed for murder, inspired a 1959 musical whose black cast performed for multi-racial audiences, testing the apartheid system of that era. Now the musical that helped to propel the careers of singer Miriam Makeba and trumpeter Hugh Masekela is back on the stage in South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African musician Hugh Masekela says he is canceling commitments in the near future because he needs all his energy to continue treatment for prostate cancer.
The jazz trumpeter said in a statement Saturday that he started treatment in 2008 after doctors found a "small 'speck'" on his bladder, and had surgery in March 2016 after the cancer spread.