South African trumpeter, composer, and singer Hugh Masekela entertaining guests during the CAF African Footballer of the Year Award in Lagos, January 8, 2015.
AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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Legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a decadelong fight with cancer, according to a statement from his family Tuesday. Often called the "Father of South African jazz," Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said was a "protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer". South African President Jacob Zuma expressed his condolences to the, saying that Masekela "kept the torch of freedom alive globally, fighting apartheid through his music and mobilizing international support for the struggle for liberation and raising awareness of the evils of apartheid.Masekela inspired generations of musicians in jazz and beyond and collaborated in recent years with South African house music DJ Black Coffee and others.
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