Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He has been described as the "father of South African jazz." Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home".
Masekela in 2013
|Birth name||Hugh Ramapolo Masekela|
|Born||4 April 1939|
Witbank, South Africa
|Died||23 January 2018 (aged 78)|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, composer, bandleader|
|Instruments||Trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, cornet, vocals|
|Labels||Mercury, MGM, Uni, Chisa, Blue Thumb, Casablanca Records, Heads Up, Verve, PolyGram|
- "Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela dies". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
- Burke, Jason (23 January 2018). "Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies aged 78". The Guardian.
- "Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies", BBC News, 23 January 2018 accessdate 23 January 2018