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South African jazz trumpeterwd:Q246594
country of citizenship: South Africa
educated at: Guildhall School of Music and Drama
occupation: trumpeter, composer, jazz musician
award received: Etnosur award, Channel O Music Video Awards, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Order of Ikhamanga
Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer who has been described as "the father of South African jazz". Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home". He also had a number-one US pop hit in 1968 with his version of "Grazing in the Grass".
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