Earlier in October, legendary Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela announced that he will be cancelling all his public and professional appearances to focus his time and energy on his fight against cancer.
Masekela tells 702 host, Azania Mosaka that because he has never fallen ill, he has also been experiencing strange emotions adding that when he's met with pain at times, he never knows how to react and times finds himself giggling instead of feeling sad.
The most difficult thing is having people come to see. When people hear you are sick they want to come and see you, thinking it will make you feel better. And someone to pray for you, I say, pray where you are.— Hugh Masekela, Jazz musician
Masekela says he tells and asks people to not feel sorry for him because he has enough family who don't bother him. He goes on to say some people believe if they pay him a visit, he will feel better.
Masekela also spoke to Mosaka about the 4th annual Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival which returns to its Soweto home at Rockville’s Elkah Stadium on 4 November 2017. This not-to-be-missed festival, presented by Assupol, features a wide range of musical flavours including Oliver Mtukudzi, Riky Rick’s Hip Hop hits and Papa Penny’s Tsonga disco.
The line-up is curated by Masekela himself.
“We are becoming a society that imitates other cultures, yet we have the biggest diversity of heritage in our country. This festival is about celebrating that,” says Masekela, who this year was honoured with a Doctorate in Music by the University of KwaZulu-Natal on his 78th and birthday and was also honoured with another doctorate of music by Wits University.
About the event
Event Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival
Date Saturday, 4 November 2017
Venue Soweto Cricket Oval (Elkah Stadium), 107 Lefatola Street, Moroka, Soweto
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