On 4 April 1939 Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, South African musician, was born in Witbank. Masekela grew up playing the piano, and at a young age was introduced to the trumpet by Father Trevor Huddleston.
Masekela mastered the trumpet, and went on to play in South Africa’s first youth orchestra, the Huddleston Jazz Band. Masekela later collaborated with many famous artists, and played orchestra for the successful South African Broadway style hit, King Kong.
In 1961, Masekela went into exile, after the political unrest surrounding the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. Masekela studied at London’s Guildhall School, then the Manhattan School of Music. In New York he befriended Harry Belafonte, who helped him to settle in the United States as a student. (sahistoryonline.org.za)
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