Legendary traditional music group Mahotella Queens has paid tribute the late jazz musician Hugh Masekela.

The group has toured with Masekela and performed as a band across the world. Masekela succumbed to cancer on Tuesday morning at the age of 78.

His family announced at a press briefing during the week that he will be buried in a private ceremony.

The lead vocalist of the traditional group, Hilda Tloubatla shares some of the group’s experiences with Masekela.

“You know when we talk about Bra Hugh, it’s like I can cry. What we did with Bra Hugh, the performances that we did with him. What he was doing for us, it was like… Overseas they kept on saying guys we want you more and more with Bra Hugh. Bra Hugh was a strict person. With Bra Hugh you wouldn’t do anything that you wanted to do… We went to Germany with him in 2010. We went to Switzerland, we went to Paris… and we went to so many places with him. Guys I must say it’s a really big loss and we still wanted to work more and more with him.”

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Meanwhile South African politician and United Nations official Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks about Bra Hugh being someone who made music both a weapon against Apartheid but also as a mechanism to help South Africans cope with its injustice.

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