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Leg­endary mu­si­cian Bra Hugh Masekela passed on at the age of 78 on Tues­day, Jan­uary 23, 2018, af­ter a long bat­tle with prostate can­cer. The leg­end touched the lives of mil­lions of mu­sic lovers around the world for over 60 years.

AGIANT has fallen. The African jun­gle is miss­ing one of its im­por­tant trees of wis­dom. A tree of knowl­edge has been up­rooted and trans­ported to an­other place while some were still ab­sorb­ing the vast his­tory and tradition it pos­sessed.

Bra Hugh, your death was like an earth­quake, it was felt across the globe. You touched mil­lions of lives with your mu­sic and in­spired gen­er­a­tions. We can write un­til king­dom comes but there will never be enough words to de­scribe what your pres­ence meant to the South Africa and the world.

In many in­stances it is said that when the ba­ton is down, oth­ers will pick it up and con­tinue from where you left of. The same can’t be said at this point. You were a gi­ant and it will take hun­dreds of peo­ple to pick up your ba­ton.

La la ngo xolo. Your peo­ple will miss you but we find so­lace know­ing that you are no longer suf­fer­ing. We are left with thou­sands of mem­o­ries, joy­ful times achieved with your mu­sic play­ing in the back­ground. You rep­re­sented your coun­try we’ll on the global stage. Many out there have crafted their arts from your mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tions. You have helped shape a lot of mu­si­cians out here. From the likes of house megas­tar Black Cof­fee to Hip Hop su­per­star Casper Ny­ovest, they all learned and bor­rowed from your tal­ent.

Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will con­tinue to en­joy your mu­sic and sam­ple it to make more hits. What you left be­hind will last for ever. Your teach­ings will still res­onate 20 years from now. Your courage will never be matched. You were never afraid to speak your mind and say what you did not like. I still re­mem­ber when there was a big com­mo­tion when you spoke out against weaves. In­stead of re­treat­ing, you stood your ground and made those in­ter­view­ing you cover their weaves.

That is courage per­son­i­fied . The type of courage we wish our lead­ers could em­u­late. The courage to be de­ci­sive and true to their word. No amount of words can be writ­ten down to pay homage to you and what you have done for the world. With this lit­tle ex­tract, we say good­bye good sir.

Go and be with the rest of the world idols who also made mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the world. We can’t wait to get to heaven and at­tend the mother of all con­certs with you, Ray Phiri, Brenda Fassie, Thandi Klaasen, Mer­riam Makeba, Jabu Khany­ile, Michael Jack­son, Whit­ney Hus­ton, Luther Van­dros, Ge­orge Michaels and Prince. Wow, heaven has gained a mu­si­cal en­sem­ble that will never be ri­valled. Go and rest at ease son of the soil. You nour­ished this earth with your pres­ence and we are hon­oured to have been alive at the same time as you.

Rest our African gi­ant, the great African Baobab Tree.

Pic­ture: Den­vor de Wee/ Vis­ual Buzz SA

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