The popular search engine celebrates the late singer on what would’ve been his 80th birthday (4 April) with a special Google Doodle.
A Google Doodle is a temporary alteration on their logo which appears on Google’s homepages to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and historic figures.
Masekela’s special Doodle appears in United States of America (US), United Kingdom (UK), South Africa and a few other countries.
The Jazz legend died last year, two months before his 79th birthday, after a battle with prostate cancer.
Affectionately called Bra Hugh, he was a defiant political voice and used his music to fight for equal rights during the apartheid era.
The trumpeter left South Africa in 1956, at the age of 21, and had been exiled from his birth country for 30 years along with Miriam Makeba.
His last album, No Borders, scooped a South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2017 as the best adult contemporary album.
Despite his ailment, Masekela performed for the last time at the DStv awards in 2017, where he was honoured with a Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Legend Award.
His long-time admirer and friend, Thandiswa Mazwai, took to Twitter to remember uncle Hugh.
One of my dearest friends! Hugh!Monumental spirit that will live on&on☺️ I miss laughing&shit talking with you.But I see you’ve placed new family in my path🖤🖤Unka Wu would always take me with him, conjured my name in incredible spaces.He was fam.#HughMasekela80 pic.twitter.com/WkGZCljQBF
— KingTha (@thandiswamazwai) April 4, 2019