ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - The Hugh Masekela Memorial Pavilion was unveiled at his grave in the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg. It is open to the public to pay their respects.
“His legacy is complex and has no boundaries. The ripples of his life force are yet creating new facets of his nature. Those will remain unchained, causing ever novel vistas,” his family said in a statement.
Masekela was born on April 4, 1939 and died January 23 last year.
“He was not afraid, and his rage and daring was searing, but his love for family, friends, children, women and Africa is the unifying theme of his opus. Ultimately it is the human species in all its diversity that is his family. He laughed a lot and his humour is scattered everywhere. And we will always love him.”
This statement appears on the pavilion.
The memorial was designed by Sir David Adjaye. It is based on the architectural tradition from various African countries. Rooted in the Pan African aesthetic, it resonates with Masekela’s own ethos.