Hugh Masekela’s son, Selema Mabena ‘Sal’ Masekela has poured his heart out about his father’s death in an emotional letter
News of Bra Hugh’s death on Tuesday morning after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer sent shockwaves through the nation.
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Just hours after the news was confirmed, Sal released a statement on his Facebook page.
“It is difficult to comprehend that this moment is real. To me, my father has always been both ageless and immortal. Of the countless shows I had the honour of watching my dad perform, each felt like the first, each felt brand new,” Sal said.
Sal spoke proudly of his father’s unconditional love for South Africa during the darkest days of Apartheid.
“As a product of the meticulously designed apartheid regime of 20th century South Africa, my father’s life was the definition of activism and resistance. Despite the open arms of many countries, for 30 years he refused to take citizenship anywhere else on this earth. His belief, too strong, that the pure evil of a systematic racist oppression could and would be crushed. Instead he would continue to fight. He was right.”
Meanwhile, TshisaLIVE reports that the music veteran who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 was bedridden in the weeks leading up to his death
The publication reports that neighbours said the icon’s health took a turn for the worse late last year and that he was put on oxygen, and monitored around the clock by nurses at his Johanesburg home.
Hope Winters – All4Women