Hugh Masekela Biography
Hugh Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. His full name is Hugh Ramapolo Masekela. He is often referred to as the “father of South African jazz.” Hugh Ramapolo Masekela was born on 4 April 1939. He died on 23 January 2018.
Masekela was born in KwaGuqa Township, Witbank, South Africa. His father’s name is Thomas Selena Masekela. Thomas Selina Masekela was a health inspector and sculptor Hugh Masekela’s mother, Pauline Bowers Masekela was a social worker.
His singing talents began to surface as a child. He began singing and playing piano and largely was raised by his grandmother, who ran an illegal bar for miners.
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