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An honorary award ? Doctorate in music wad given to the 78 years old South African jazz legend – Dr Hugh Masekela from Wits University. An hononary doctorate degree was also awarded to him by the University of Kwazulu-Natal early this year.
Commonly known by his fans as ‘bra Hugh’, Masekela started his musical carrier by playing the piano in his youth.
And today he is a trumpeter,cornetist and music composer.
The Stimela hitmaker has for many generations inspired young musicians, both locally and abroad. He has collaborated with some of Mzansi’s young talents, from the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai and Micasa’s front man J’ Something .
The 78-year-old’s graduation ceremony was held at Wits Auditorium, on the 5th of July.