Hugh Masekela, South African Trumpeter Gets Google Doodle On 80th Birthday

Apr 4, 2019 - 7:35 am 0 by
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Today on Google's home page on most Google.com home pages is a special Google logo, a Doodle, for the South African trumpeter - Hugh Masekela. He is known as the father of South African jazz.

He was born on April 4, 1939 in Witbank and passed at the age of 78 on January 23, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He had a top hit in the US named "Grazing in the Grass" and wrote anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home".

The Doodle shows the legend playing the trumpet in a very colorful way.

Here is what Google wrote:

Today’s Doodle celebrates the world-renowned South African trumpeter, singer, bandleader, composer, and human rights advocate Hugh Masekela. Born 80 years ago today in the coal-mining town of Witbank, South Africa, Masakela got his first horn at age 14. He went on to play with a wildly popular group known as the Jazz Epistles, the first all-black jazz band to record an album in South African history. However, within the year, its members were forced out of the country by the apartheid government.

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