Google Doodle Celebrating Hugh Masekela’s 80th Birthday – Today Google Doodle celebrates Hugh Masekela, a legendary jazz musician known as the “father of South African jazz” on his 80th Birthday changing Google Homepage logo featuring South African artist Hugh Masekela.
Google Doodle Celebrating Hugh Masekela’s 80th Birthday:
The world-renowned South African trumpeter, singer, bandleader, composer, and human rights advocate Hugh Masekela was born on 4 April 1939 in the coal-mining town of Witbank, South Africa.
Hugh Masekela 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”. He also had a number-one US pop hit in 1968 with his version of “Grazing in the Grass”.
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“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are.”
“You’re just going to be a statistic if you play jazz,” Miles Davis advised him, “but if you put in some of the stuff you remember from South Africa, you’ll be different from everybody.”
“Encouraged by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masakela delved into his own unique influences to create his 1963 debut album, entitled Trumpet Africaine.
When the ANC leader was released from prison and elected South Africa’s first black president, Masakela’s music was the soundtrack.
Happy 80th birthday, Hugh Masekela!”
Hugh Masekela Cause Of Death:
Hugh Masekela died on 23 January 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with Prostate cancer.
Hugh Masekela Family:
Hugh Masekela was married to singer and activist Miriam Makeba. and after first he again married subsequently Chris Calloway (daughter of Cab Calloway), Jabu Mbatha and Elinam Cofie. Hugh Masekela’s son named Sal Masekela, who is an American television host.
In 2003, Hugh Masekela was featured in the documentary film Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. In 2004, he released his autobiography, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela, co-authored with journalist D. Michael Cheers.
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