A Celebration of a Life Well Lived

Ramapolo Hugh Masekela

4 April, 1939 – 23 January, 2018

 (Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 January 2018) It with profound gratitude that the family of Hugh Masekela and the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation acknowledge the outpouring of condolences and tributes paid to the late artist and activist from members of the public and the media – your loving words, the sweetness of your messages, the heartfelt posts on social media, commemorative front-page stories and countless radio and TV tributes, are all received with the utmost appreciation.

The support and encouragement we have received from Bra Hugh’s larger community across the continent, worldwide, and the Local, Provincial and National Departments of Arts & Culture, have been equally heartening, and have strengthened us in this difficult time.

The week ahead represents a time for all of us to say our final goodbyes to Bra Hugh – as such, there are events planned where media and members of the public are invited to commune, share memories, and bid farewell to this incredible artist, composer, activist and exemplar of Pan-African excellence.

The three public events will roll out as follows:


Hugh Masekela Heritage Park

The Hugh Masekela Heritage Park is an audiovisual celebration of Hugh Masekela’s life, chronicling his six-decade tenure as an artist and social, political and cultural activist. A temporary visitors centre of sorts, the Heritage Park will feature visuals, footage and audio that reflect Masekela’s rich and inspiring life journey.

Venue: Zoo Lake, Parkview – Johannesburg

Date: Friday, 26 January – Thursday 1 February, 2018

Time: 10h00 – 18h00 daily.


Heitada Alex! – Going Home 

A commemoration of Hugh Masekela’s life, hosted in Alexandra township, the home where he began his incredible journey in music. Friends, the artistic community and family will share their memories of this musical titan.

Venue: Sankopano Community Centre, Corner 12th Ave & Selborne St  – Alexandra, Johannesburg

Date: Friday, 26 January 2018

Time: 13h00


Hugh Masekela Musical Memorial

The final public tribute to Masekela, the event is a musical celebration of this legends life, featuring a range of artists he collaborated with, influenced and loved.

Venue:  University of Johannesburg – Soweto Campus, Chris Hani Rd, Soweto.

Date: Sunday, 28 January 2018

Time: 12h00



**The funeral service will be held as a farewell for family, relatives and close friends  **


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