Masekela's nephew remembers his uncle, Sal Masekela pens a tribute to his father

Hugh Masekela's family say as sad as they are, they are not devastated by the death of the jazz musician because he lived a full life.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Masekela family said the music icon passed away in Johannesburg surrounded by his loved ones after fighting a courageous battle with prostate cancer.

"Bra Hugh", as he was affectionately known, was renowned for his many hits like Bring back Nelson Mandela, Stimela and Thanayi.

His nephew Mabusha Masekela says as much as there may people who are hurt by the loss, the world should remember him for the person he was.

He describes him as beautiful, joyous and a maverick creator.

As sad as we are, we are not completely devastated because Hugh Masekela lived an ebullient and joyous life and so I know that at this moment as much as there are many people who are sad and hurt, that we should remember Hugh Masekela in his life, how beautiful and joyous a man he was, as well as an incredible maverick creator.

Mabusha Masekela. Hugh Masekela's nephew

He was very much at the heart of it, a folk musician and those are the forms he most worked off and brought his extensive jazz knowledge and jazz chops to.

Mabusha Masekela. Hugh Masekela's nephew

Meanwhile, Masekela's son, Sal Masekela has penned a tribute to his father.

In an Instagram post, Sal describes how his father has remained both ageless and immortal in his eyes and recalls the first time his father introduced him to jazz clubs like The Village Gate and Mikell’s, as well as his father's undying love for South Africa.

It is with heavy heart that I confirm that my father, Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, has hung up his horn after a long battle with prostate cancer. 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. At the age of 5 he first introduced me to the late night halls of Manhattan’s The Village Gate and Mikell’s, where he would steal the hearts and souls of innocents with a musical storytelling all his own, passionately and relentlessly transporting them to the farthest reaches of Africa with both voice and trumpet. It was these moments and his choosing to take me around the globe any chance he got, that would come to shape my entire world view. 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. His belief too strong that the pure evil of a systematic racist oppression could and would be crushed. Instead he would continue to fight. He was right. To know Hugh Masekela was to know no matter class, creed, color, religion or any other made up distinctions, he stood with empathy and compassion, locked arm in arm with the distressed, displaced and downtrodden everywhere and anywhere on this planet. 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. Even more than all of that, it was his undying and childlike love for South Africa and the entire African continent; with its dizzying displays of natural beauty, music, art and culture that mesmerized me more than anything. 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, ‘I can give you my heart to take in the overspill’. 🇿🇦

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