Google Doodle Honors Jazz Legend and Anti-Apartheid Activist Hugh Masekela
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Google Doodle Honors Jazz Legend and Anti-Apartheid Activist Hugh Masekela

On what would have been his 80th birthday, Google honored jazz legend and anti-apartheid hero Hugh Masekela by featuring him as a Google Doodle.

“Today’s Doodle celebrates the world-renowned South African trumpeter, singer, bandleader, composer, and human rights advocate Hugh Masekela,” Google announced in a blog post. “Born 80 years ago today in the coal-mining town of Witbank, South Africa, Masekela got his first horn at age 14.”

A screenshot of the doodle β€” showing Masekela playing the trumpet β€” was shared by his estate’s twitter. The doodle is featured in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, and a few other countries worldwide.

Remembered as the father of South African Jazz, Masekela died in January 2018. He was widely known as an anti-apartheid activist and his 30 years in exile greatly shaped his music.

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – MAY 23: Hugh Masekela performs on stage at The Hague Jazz on May 23rd, 2009 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)