Hugh Masekela has passed

Legendary South African trumpet player and activist Hugh Masekela has passed away, after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer.  Masekela’s family states, “[Our] hearts beat with profound loss.  Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across 6 continents …”

Masekela topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1966 with the instrumental hit “Grazing In The Grass,” while in the mid 70s he collaborated with Herb Alpert on the landmark Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela and Main Event Live albums on A&M.

The A&M Corner family sends out condolences to Masekela’s family, friends and fans around the globe.

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