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Hugh Masekela Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Wilbank, South Africa
Died in Johannesburg, South Africa  (prostate cancer)
Birth NameHugh Ramapolo Masekela

Mini Bio (1)

Hugh Masekela was born on April 4, 1939 in Wilbank, South Africa as Hugh Ramapolo Masekela. He was married to Elinam Cofie, Miriam Makeba, Jabu Mbatha and Chris Calloway. He died on January 23, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Spouse (4)

Elinam Cofie (1999 - ?) ( divorced)
Miriam Makeba (1964 - 1966) ( divorced)
Chris Calloway (? - ?) ( divorced)
Jabu Mbatha (? - ?)

Trivia (5)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1988 Tony Award as Best Score (Musical), with music and lyrics collaborator Mbongeni Ngema, for "Sarafina!"
Father of Sal Masekela.
In 1967, he appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix.
He was a jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer. He started playing trumpet at 14, and had an influential role in the music scene in Johannesburg as a member of the Jazz Epistles. In the 1960s, he went into exile in the UK and the US where he used music to spread awareness of the oppressive system of apartheid in South Africa. In 1968, he had an international number-one instrumental hit with "Grazing In The Grass." He returned to South Africa in 1990 following the release of Nelson Mandela.
Was friends with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Charles Minus.

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