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SOUTH AFRICA’S liberation movement paid tribute to jazz legend and anti-apartheid struggle icon Hugh Masekela today following his death at 78.
The flugelhornist succumbed to prostate cancer, diagnosed a decade ago, his family said today.
The ruling ANC said “Bra Hugh,” as he was known, “became the voice and conscience of countless generations of South Africans.
“His anthemic Bring Him Back Home, among his many works, spoke of the yearning the South African people had for freedom and liberation.”
The South African Communist Party said he and others “contributed immensely to the international isolation of apartheid and to solidarity with the whole of our African continent and other continents struggling for freedom, justice and democracy.”
And union federation Cosatu said: “Hugh Masekela was not just a musician but was an activist and a hero to many South Africans for using his talent to speak out and fight against apartheid.”
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