Cancer puts Hugh off-stage
Legendary musician has been on prostate cancer treatment since 2008
LEGENDARY jazz musician Hugh Masekela has cancelled all his commitments including his performances due to ill health, he said in a statement issued yes- terday.
Masekela has been battling prostate cancer and has been receiving treatment since 2008 when doctors discovered a “speck” on his bladder, the statement said. While it appeared to be successful, he had to undergo surgery in March 2016 as the cancer had spread.
In a statement released by Dreamcatcher Multimedia on behalf of Masekela, the Stimela hitmaker has urged all men to have regular checks.
“Check your own condition. Ask questions, demand answers and learn everything you can about this cancer, and tell others to do the same,” he said.
Masekela shared how another tumour was discovered in April 2017 while he was in Morocco.
“I fell and sprained my shoulder. I began to feel an imbalance when I was walking and my left eye was troubling me and subsequently in April I had an emergency treatment and the tumour was neutralised,” he shared in the statement.
The legendary trumpeter says he will need all his energy to continue the fight against prostate cancer.
“It is a tough battle but I am greatly encouraged by the good wishes of family, friends and everyone who has supported my musical journey, which remains the greatest source of my inspiration.”
Masekela says he is in a “good space” but won’t release any other statements. He has asked for privacy in order to rest and heal.
According to the World Health Organisation, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, with 8.8 million cancer-related deaths worldwide in 2015. Lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach and liver cancer are the most common types of cancer in men, while breast, colorectal, lung, cervix and stomach cancer are the most common among women.
Although he won’t perform, the Masekela Heritage Festival will go on at Rockville Soweto’s Elkah Stadium on November 4.