Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela
1939 - 2018

Hugh Masekela  South African Trumpeter


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Hugh Masekela was previously married to Elinam Cofie and Miriam Makeba.


South African Trumpeter Hugh Masekela was born Hugh Ramapolo Masekela on 4th April, 1939 in Wilbank, South Africa and passed away on 23rd Jan 2018 Johannesburg, South Africa aged 78. He is most remembered for co-wrote (with Mbongemi Ngema) musical play Sarafina!. His zodiac sign is Aries.

Hugh Masekela is a member of the following lists: Jive Records artists, Mercury Records artists and 1939 births.


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Married2 22 years, 8 months 12 years, 4 months 2 years
Total2 22 years, 8 months 12 years, 4 months 2 years


First Name Hugh
Last Name Masekela
Full Name at Birth Hugh Ramapolo Masekela
Age 78 (age at death) years
Birthday 4th April, 1939
Birthplace Wilbank, South Africa
Died 23rd January, 2018
Place of Death Johannesburg, South Africa
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Aries
Ethnicity Black
Nationality South African
University Guildhall School of Music, London, England, Manhattan School of Music, NY
Occupation Text Musician, singer, composer, bandleader
Occupation Trumpeter
Claim to Fame co-wrote (with Mbongemi Ngema) musical play Sarafina!
Music Genre (Text) Jazz, Afrobeat, mbaqanga, Afropop
Music Genre Jazz
Year(s) Active 1956–present, 1956–2018
Music Style World Fusion
Music Mood Summery
Instrument Trumpet
Instrument (text) Trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone cornet, vocals, trombone, cornet
Record Label Mercury, MGM, UNI, Chisa, Blue Thumb, Casablanca Records, Heads Up, Verve, Polygram, Casablanca
Associated Acts Miriam Makeba (wife, 1964–1966), Selema Masekela (son), Miriam Makeba, Paul Simon, Selema Masekela, Barbara Masekela, Earl Sweatshirt, Barbara Masekela (sister)
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Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer who was described as "the father of South African jazz". Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home". He also had a number-one US pop hit in 1968 with his version of "Grazing in the Grass".

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Hugh Masekela78 AriesTrumpeter
South African
Elinam Cofie-
Miriam Makeba76 PiscesVocalist
South African


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