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Yasmeen Sewnarain
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23 Jan 2018
3:39 pm

LISTEN: Hugh Masekela’s final interview

Yasmeen Sewnarain

Masekala's last interview took place three months before his death.

Hugh Masekela performs at the Soweto Theatre as part of his 75th Birthday Celebrations, 10 September 2014. The University of Johannesburg in partnership with the wRite Associates hosed the first inaugural Hugh Masekela Annual Lecture on the 9th September 2014 and then the Concert. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Despite legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela spending nine years in and out of hospital, his unexpected passing has left South Africans in shock.

His family confirmed the news of his death in a statement on Tuesday that read: “After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family.”

Masekela’s most recent, and now final, interview was when he sat down with 702 host Azania Mosaka ahead of the 4th annual Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival.

Over the course of their 22-minute conversation, Masekela spoke about the emotions he was experiencing while being ill for the first time in his life. He asked people not to feel sorry for him, especially since his many family members were not bothering him either.

Masekela also shared some insight into the festival, explaining why he handpicked particular artist such as Riky Rick and Papa Penny to perform.

The musician also delved a little into his personal life, and revealed his girlfriend had recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Masekela said he was lucky to have someone by his side who was fighting their own battle, but also understanding what he was going though.

Listen to the full interview below:

Details: What we know about Hugh Masekela’s passing

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