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South African Jazz Trumpeter Hugh Masekela, 78, Dies

Influential musician was known as "Father of South African Jazz"

Hugh Masekela
Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela, a trumpeter, vocalist and composer who was known as “The Father of South African Jazz,” died early Tuesday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 78 years old.

“A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with profound loss,” his family said in a statement confirming his death.

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