TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR BRA HUGH
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.