Just about a year ago, Hugh Masekela lost a battle to prostate cancer, two months before his 79th birthday, which is on the 4th of April.
To commemorate the legendary musician and anti-apartheid activist on what would have been his 80th birthday, one of today’s Google Doodles is of Bra Hugh.
He was one of the most celebrated jazz musicians in South Africa and the continent at large. He released countless albums and singles, some of which have become standards.
Alongside a gang of South African musicians of that era, including the likes of Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya and many others, Bra Hugh helped keep the apartheid government on their toes as they made music for the struggle. They acted as whistleblowers and encouraged the people in the fight against the oppressive apartheid government
Happy Birthday the HUGH-MAN! pic.twitter.com/moarlXSMDc
— Kagiso Lediga (@KagisoLediga) April 4, 2019