‘I will miss you’ – J' something grieves for Hugh Masekela
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“The highlight of my career has been spending seven days in a car driving Bra Hugh around.”
J'Something and his brand manager and strategist, Dale
Herbst, meet a lot of different people from all walks of life, but working with
Bra Hugh Masekela was something special.
“His wit always had me smiling and laughing, not to forget
his endless life stories. I’m sending love to his family and team during this
time,” says Dale, who worked with Bra Hugh for two years as a brand manager on
a project for Mercedes-Benz called Heaven in You.
“I have known him and his team for two years and became
friends with his daughter Pula in 2010. Meeting, spending time and working with
Bra Hugh on the creation of Heaven in You will remain one of the highlights of
my career. I get to meet a lot of different people from all walks of life, but
Bra Hugh touched my heart and imparted lessons on me that I will cherish
Meanwhile J’Something said he often gets asked what the
highlight of his career has been. “People often expect me to jump to winning
awards or selling out shows or performing for Obama ... none of these actually.
The highlight of my career has been spending seven days in a car driving Bra
Hugh around, writing music and talking (mostly listening) about life.
“Never have I met someone who imparted so much onto my life
in such a short span of time. I will be writing a blog post to share with you
more about what this man meant to me and what he left with me. To his family
and his team, I pray for comfort and peace. Bra Hugh, I will miss you!”
Bra Hugh’s family released a statement this morning
announcing their profound sorrow in sharing the news of his passing. “After a
protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer he passed peacefully in
Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family,” the statement read.
The family described him as a loving father, brother,
grandfather and friend, “Our hearts beat with profound loss. Rest in power
beloved, you are forever in our hearts.”