On this day in 1939, the legend, Hugh Masekela, was born in Witbank

On this day in 1939, the legend, Hugh Masekela, was born in Witbank

It is with fondness and a touch of sadness that South Africa remembers Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, the legendary musician that is still admired for his talents. Hugh was born in Witbank on 4 April, 1939.

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It was on the 4th of April 1939 that a boy was born who would go on to become a legend in the music world.

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela came into the world in Witbank, South Africa and was raised by his gogo, who ran an illegal bar that catered to the area's miners.

Hugh grew up with a passion for music and played the piano and trumpet as a child. Later, Hugh played in the country's first youth orchestra, the Huddleston Jazz Band.

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In 1961 Masekela went into exile and studied and lived overseas. In New York, he composed and recorded a lot of music, as gathered from info shared by sahistory.org.za

It was at this time that he gave the world Grazing in the Grass, a song that went on to win a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Pop Performance - Instrumental category.

In the early 1990s, Hugh returned to South Africa and became the legend he is today.

Briefly.co.za learnt that Google SA commemorates this day with a doodle of the late musician.

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South Africans took to social media to remember Hugh on what would have been his 80th birthday.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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