South Africans gone to the an­ces­tors

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HHP (38). Hip-hop star, pro­po­nent of motswako rap; his hits in­cluded Harambe, Tswaka and Bosso. (Birth name Jab­u­lani Tsambo; the HHP stood for Hip Hip Pantsula.)

Akhumzi Jezile (29). Youth­ful star on YOTV and ac­tor in Tempy Pushas.

Ke­o­rapetse Kgosit­sile, widely known as Bra Wil­lie (79). Writer, teacher and arts ac­tivist. South Africa’s poet lau­re­ate from 2006, he spent three decades in ex­ile. In the United States, he pub­lished po­etry, in­clud­ing Spir­its Un­chained (1969) and My Name Is Afrika (1971), per­formed his work as part of the Up­town Black Arts Move­ment, and co-founded the Black Arts Theatre in New York. He re­turned to South Africa in 1990; in the same year his col­lec­tion When the Clouds Clear came out.

Win­nie Madik­izela-man­dela (81). Icon of the strug­gle against apartheid. While her hus­band Nel­son Man­dela was in jail, from the early 1960s to 1990, she kept the flame burn­ing, sur­viv­ing ar­rests, ban­ning and per­se­cu­tion. In the late 1980s she was in­volved with the thug­gish “foot­ball club” that led to the death of child ac­tivist Stom­pie Seipei. Hugh Masekela (78). Jazz trum­peter and com­poser. As a youth, he was part of the 1950s Sophi­a­town cul­tural boom; later he was a lead­ing per­former based in the United States till his re­turn from ex­ile in 1990. Graz­ing in the Grass (1968) was a US hit; Bring

Him Back Home (1987) be­came an an­them about Nel­son Man­dela. His Stimela (1994) is al­most an­other na­tional an­them.

Chris Mat­shaba (39). Ra­dio per­son­al­ity (Motswed­ing

FM, North West FM) and busi­ness­man.

Sandy Mok­wena (68). Vet­eran

ac­tor; known in his last years for his role as Bra Ed­die in Scan­dal.

Mendi Msi­mang (89). Lead­ing fig­ure of the free­dom strug­gle, though of­ten be­hind the scenes. An ANC Youth League founder in the 1940s, he served the ANC in ex­ile as an or­gan­iser, am­bas­sador (In­dia and later Bri­tain) and co-founder of Solomon Mh­langu Col­lege; he served the ANC in power as trea­surer gen­eral and later as chair of its in­tegrity com­mis­sion.

David Phetoe (85). Well-known ac­tor; he played Paul Moroka in long-run­ning TV se­ries Gen­er­a­tions.

The man with the horn: Hugh Masekela died in 2018, aged 78

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