• January 24, 2018 | Glacier Nkhwashu

The Congress of the People commiserates with the Masekela family and all South Africans at the untimely passing of Jazz maestro, and South African anti-apartheid activist patriot, Hugh Masekela 

COPE recalls that Masekela began to play the trumpet, encouraged by anti-apartheid activist Father Trevor Huddleston, who helped him acquire the instrument and clearly had a greater influence on him beyond music.

Masekela was deeply affected by his life experiences, and his music reflected his experiences in the harsh political climate of South Africa during the apartheid. 

Together with other renowned South African musicians, Masekela kept the anti-apartheid banner burning and continued to be an active citizen in various areas, sharing his experiences with the country to save lives. 

His music portrayed the struggles and joys of living in South Africa, and voiced protest against slavery and discrimination.

COPE takes this opportunity to thank the Masekela family for such a great gift to our country.

COPE recollects that Masekela went into exile in the early 1960’s at the tender age of 21 and spent most of his life there. What a life well lived!

By COPE Deputy President and MP, Willie Madisha.
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