- Following the death of Hugh Masekela, his son wrote a heartfelt letter as a tribute to the deceased jazz musician
- In his letter, Selema Mabena ‘Sal’ Masekela said he always saw his father as both immortal and ageless
- Bra Hugh passed away on Tuesday, after fighting prostate cancer for almost 10 years
The death of Hugh Masekela has been hard on his son, Selema Mabena, who wrote a letter to honour his father.
“It is difficult to comprehend that this moment is real. To me, my father has always been both ageless and immortal. Of the countless shows I had the honor of watching my dad perform, each felt like the first, each felt brand new.”, he wrote in his letter.
As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, Bra Hugh passed away on Tuesday in his Joburg home after losing the battle against prostate cancer.
Hugh, who was diagnosed in 2008, was reportedly surrounded by his family when he took his last breath.
Sal and his father, who he said was obsessed with African cultures, travelled the continent together. According to his letter, traveling the world with his father shaped his world.
“As a product of the meticulously designed apartheid regime of 20th century South Africa, my fathers life was the definition of activism and resistance. Despite the open arms of many countries, for 30 years he refused to take citizenship anywhere else on this earth.” Sal, who is also a musician, wrote about his father’s activism during the Apartheid.
Sal said his father did not distinguish between race, class, creed or religion; instead he treated all with empathy and compassion.
“He carried a deep seeded belief in justice, freedom and equality for all peoples to the very end. He scoffed at the futile idea of borders defining humanity.”, he added in his letter.
Sal said his fathers “childlike” love for the country was what fascinated him.
“He was beautifully obsessed with showcasing the endless magic and pageantry of African peoples to a western obsessed world. After a recent trip to Tanzania caused me to share with my dad that my heart was full, he simply said this to me, ‘I️ can give you my heart to take in the overspill’.”
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