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Hugh Masekela

1939 - 2018

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Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer who was 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hugh Masekela has received more than 1,664,399 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Hugh Masekela is the 1,362nd most popular musician (down from 955th in 2019), the 105th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 69th in 2019) and the 4th most popular South African Musician.

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  • 1.87

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  • 5.08

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Among musicians, Hugh Masekela ranks 1,362 out of 2,662Before him are Jay Kay, Buddy DeFranco, Matthias Reim, Dan Hartman, Esbjörn Svensson, and Dizzy Reed. After him are John Dolmayan, Sébastien Izambard, Jolin Tsai, Markus Grosskopf, Miyavi, and Patrick Moraz.

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Among people born in 1939, Hugh Masekela ranks 365Before him are Jacqueline Mars, Conny Andersson, Chris Craft, Sandro Lopopolo, Sushil Koirala, and John Pilger. After him are David Ray Griffin, Alessandra Panaro, Shu Kamo, Barney McKenna, Fred Schepisi, and Jean-Claude Gaudin. Among people deceased in 2018, Hugh Masekela ranks 305Before him are Shuhrat Abbosov, Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Ferenc Kósa, Dariush Shayegan, Chuck McCann, and John Julius Norwich. After him are Pik Botha, Zvonko Bego, Arthur Barnard, Barys Kit, Idrissa Ouédraogo, and Sergio Gonella.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Hugh Masekela ranks 105 out of 374Before him are Rudolph Lewis (1887), Louis Raymond (1895), Jim Fouché (1898), Mark Shuttleworth (1973), Phil Ramone (1934), and Bevil Rudd (1894). After him are Pik Botha (1932), Devdas Gandhi (1900), John Kani (1943), Denis Goldberg (1933), Roger Michell (1956), and William Kentridge (1955).

Among MUSICIANS In South Africa

Among musicians born in South Africa, Hugh Masekela ranks 4Before him are Manfred Mann (1940), Abdullah Ibrahim (1934), and Trevor Rabin (1954). After him are Eddie Kramer (1942), Lucky Dube (1910), Kevin Shirley (1960), and J. R. Rotem (1975).

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