Fans of legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela will on Friday celebrate his life at two memorial services at Zoo Lake and in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

The 78-year-old icon lost his battle with prostate cancer on Tuesday morning in Johannesburg.

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Masekela released more than 40 albums.

Bra Hugh – as he was affectionately known – was more than a musician – he championed social and cultural activism using his music to spread awareness about the struggles South Africans were going through during the apartheid regime.

In Zoo Lake Johannesburg, a temporary visitors’ centre of sorts – the Heritage Park – will feature visuals, footage and audio that reflect Masekela’s rich and inspiring life journey.

The Hugh Masekela Heritage Park is an audiovisual celebration of his life, chronicling his six-decade tenure as an artist and social, political and cultural activist.

Also on Friday in Alexandra township, friends, the artistic community and family will share their memories of this musical titan.

It will be held at Sankopano Community Centre, Corner 12th Ave & Selborne St – Alexandra, Johannesburg.