STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE
Today the City of Cape Town mourns the loss of jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, along with all South Africans.
‘Bra Hugh,’ as he was affectionately known, was a pioneer, musical maestro and brave anti-apartheid activist.
His music was not only enjoyed and celebrated in South Africa but throughout the world and he was renowned for his distinct sound and loved by many for his humility and charm.
Bra Hugh’s music, such as firm favourites ‘Bring back Nelson Mandela’ and ‘Stimela,’ will continue to live on for decades to come. He was and always will remain a national pride.
Though he has passed on, his music and legacy will be with us forever.
On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest condolences to the Masekela family as well as Bra Hugh’s friends and the musical fraternity at large.
This is indeed a great loss to jazz music, to South Africa and the world.
We remain forever grateful for Bra Hugh’s legendary contribution to jazz music and the struggle for freedom.
Lala kahle Bra Hugh.