South Africans took to social media to celebrate the life of the father of South African jazz, Hugh Masekela, on what would have been his 80th birthday on 4 April.
Even Google remembered the multi-talented musician with a doodle on the search engine that can be seen in South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, and a few other countries.
Masekela succumbed to prostate cancer on 23 January 2018 after being diagnosed in 2017. He left behind two children and a musical legacy he started cultivating at the age of 14.
I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around
When they triumph over poverty
I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS
I wanna lend a hand
Send me #thumamina
Happy Birthday to our very own legendary jazz icon Hugh Masekela who would’ve been 80 today pic.twitter.com/J5zevM1FOH
— Constitution Hill SA (@VisitConHill) April 4, 2019
Today Legendary Jazz Musician Bra Hugh Masekela would have turned 80. Bra Hugh who has been called the father of South African Jazz died in January last year after a long battle with cancer #BreakfastWithDavid pic.twitter.com/0JepLynJ9E
— Kaya FM Talk (@KayaFMTalk) April 4, 2019
Happy 80th anniversary birthday to the legendary Hugh Masekela! ❤️ 🎺🎵 pic.twitter.com/1mOPMJ87CH
— Jazz FM (@jazzfm) April 4, 2019
— WHEELZ WHEELER (@WHEELZWHEELER) April 4, 2019
To South Africa’s fallen hero, Hugh Masekela, Happy 80th Birthday.
Man may come, and man may go, but the footsteps you left behind, can never ever be washed away.
We remember you today Jazz Maestro.
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 4, 2019
— Annika (@annikabrundyn1) April 4, 2019
— Daniel Raboshakga (@DanielTeras) April 4, 2019
Happy 80th Birthday to our fallen heroe Bra Hugh Masekela. Throu his music,he’s shaped so many lives and if he was a politician the world will be a better place 🎺❤ pic.twitter.com/vKnwMB4Cud
— JIKELELE (@nkalvasi) April 4, 2019
On this day,4 April 1939, this great global jazz icon, Hugh Masekela, was born in Witbank. He grew up to become one of our best global ambassadors&anti apartheid activist. He was a gift to Africa &the world. pic.twitter.com/2LFtLAGQnj
— somadodafikeni (@somadodafikeni) April 4, 2019