Mi Casa, others pay tribute to Hugh Masekela

Mi Casa, a house base band in South Africa, has eulogised South African legendary musician, Hugh Masekela who passed away today.

In a tweet the music trio wrote: “Man our hearts are broken today. Bless you @hughmasekela for your incredible life and influence. Rest In Peace …. #HughMasekela.”

Other people also celebrated the jazz musicians via twitter:

His death was announced by his family in a statement indicating that he died of prostate cancer.

“After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family,” read the statement.

In October, it was reported that the musician had been battling prostate cancer since 2008.

Hugh Masekela in March, 2016 had eye surgery after the cancer spread, and had to go into theatre again in September 2016 after another tumour was discovered.

In December, Masakela’s manager, Josh Georgiou said that his client was fighting the disease with everything he had.

He was 78.

Hugh was born in KwaGuqa township in Witbank and began singing and playing the piano as a child.

After seeing the film Young Man with a Horn when he was 14, Masekela began playing the trumpet. His first trumpet was given to him by Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, an anti-apartheid chaplain at St Peter’s Secondary School.

He soon mastered the instrument and by 1956 joined Alfred Herbet’s African Jazz Revue.

Hugh Masekela

Bra Hugh’s music was inspired by the turmoil that South Africa went through during  apartheid and he said it was used as a weapon to spread political change.

The Mi Casa band was also formed in early 2011 in Johannesburg when all three future members were at a night lounge and decided to perform together.

They later they released an album titled Micasa Music, which won several awards at the 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards in 2012.

In 2015 they returned with their double disc album Home Sweet Home which includes hit singles Chocolate & Barman featuring Big Nuz and DJ Tira. In August 2017 they released their fourth studio album Familia after nearly disbanding four months earlier.

They featured on Ghanaian rap artiste, M.anifest’s ‘Be My Woman’ in 2017.

By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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