Legendary musician Hugh Masekela has died. Masekela’s family issued a statement Tuesday confirming the news.
The statement read: “After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family.”
The musician’s team released a statement in October last year saying he had been battling prostate cancer since 2008. Masekela’s music was inspired by the turmoil that South Africa went through during apartheid and he said it was used as a weapon to spread political change.