President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekela referring to him as a friend.
Uhuru particularly paid tribute to the celebrated musician’s contributions to the fight against apartheid.
“It is hard to find the words with which to bid my friend Hugh Masekela farewell: so long and rich was his life and so inspiring his example.”
“Though born in a South Africa still under the sway of White supremacy, his talent quickly distinguished him. His music then was the music of a free Africa: full of anger at injustice; confident that one day these injustices would be overcome,” Uhuru said in a statement on Tuesday.
“He never forgot his obligations to Africa either: he mentored African musicians, and remained as creative in his blending of Jazz and African sounds in his old age as he had been in his youth.
“His songs, it is fair to say, were the sound of freedom, not just for South Africa, but for Africa too,” he added.
Masekela, 78, died on Tuesday in Johannesburg after succumbing to prostrate cancer.