The veteran trumpeter Hugh Masekela known as ‘Bra Hugh’ was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of KwaZulu-Natal on his birthday

The legendary singer was recognised for his talents as a world-class performer, entertainer and for being an inspiration to several generations of South Africans. Masekela, who has been vocal about the preservation of African cultural heritage preached the same gospel when addressing academics at UKZN.

“I request you to consider issues that pertain to restoring the excellence of African heritage without abandoning the best elements we inherited from the West,” he says.

Masekela said that the study of mother tongues was not prioritised, while emphasising that African languages and literature lay covered with dust and ticks in basements and warehouses all over Africa because African languages are not taken seriously.

“First of all, let us examine the history of our continent. It will lead us to understand that these borders we live in are only 131 years old, and were created through colonial military onslaught on Africa,” he said.

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Masekela also said that indigenous music and dance groups need to have buildings in Africa, such as those of ballet companies and symphony orchestras.

Author: Team Talk