For over six decades Hugh Masekela brought joy to millions of people around the globe through his music.
The legendary musician died on Tuesday morning at his JohannesburgHOMEsurrounded his loved ones.
Ever since news of Bra Hugh's death broke social media has been filled with an outpouring of tributes in his honour.
Bra Hugh's son, Selema Mabena 'Sal' Masekela said he was battling to come to terms with his father's death.
"It is difficult to comprehend that this moment is real. To me, my father has always been both ageless and immortal."
Bra Hugh was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and underwent eye surgery in March 2017 as the cancer had spread, and had to go into theatre again in September 2016 after another tumor was discovered.
In a statement, his family said he had "passed peacefully" in Johannesburg "after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer".
“A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with a profound loss. Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memories of millions across six continents,” the statement continued.
This week’s Official Chart Update is one of the most dramatic in recent memory, with just 60 combined chart sales between the Top 2 contenders vying for this week’s UK Number 1 single.
Last week’s Number 1, River, by Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran is still in front today, but London rapper Ramz is right behind at Number 2 with Barking. Eminem leads on downloads, but Ramz has the edge on streaming – who will grab the top spot on Friday?
Let’s not count out Sigrid, at 3 today with Strangers, following her appearance on Friday’s The Graham Norton Show. Already eclipsing both Eminem and Ramz in downloads this week, could the BBC Sound Of… 2018 winner’s surge in popularity see her leap ahead by Friday?
Expecting to climb into the Top 10 this Friday are Dua Lipa’s IDGAF, up six to Number 8 and, one place behind, Breathe by Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen, rising three to 9.
Drake surprise-dropped new two-song EP Scary Hours last Friday and one of the two, God’s Plan is on course for a Top 20 position this week, at Number 16. Also cruising to the Top 20 for the first time this week are Portugal. The Man as Feel It Still lifts five places to 20.
Finally, a further three new releases look set to impact this week’s Top 40: Kylie Minogue’s eyes a 51st Top 40 hit with country/pop comeback track Dancing sitting at Number 22 midweek; These Days by Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen is new at 32; and BRITs Critics’ Choice nominee Mabel starts at Number 36 with Fine Line ft. Not3s.
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Run-DMC have announced that they’re returning to London for one night only later this year.
The hip-hop pioneers, who last played the capital in 2015, will return to the Eventim Apollo on Thursday 5 July – and they’re promising to roll out a legendary back catalogue that includes the likes of ‘Walk This Way’, ‘It’s Like That’ and ‘King Of Rock’.
A presale for the show is set to begin at 9AM on January 24, before general sale begins on January 26. You can buy tickets here.
Although it’s their first return to London in three years, Run DMC previously appeared on British shores last summer for their co-headline appearance alongside David Guetta at the Isle of Wight Festival.
After forming in 1981, RUN DMC went on to become of hip-hop’s most influential acts, becoming the first rap act to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone and the second rap act to be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2009.
By Nick Reilly
It's a pretty strong bill...
Kendrick Lamar and Patti Smith have been announced among the headliners for Finland’s Flow Festival in 2018.
The Helsinki festival, which is known for combining music and culture, will host the ‘DAMN.’ rapper and songwriting icon Smith from 10-12 August.
They’ll be joined by an impressive line-up that includes the likes of Grizzly Bear, St Vincent, and Bonobo.
There’s also room for huge upcoming talents too, with other names on the bill including Sigrid, ALMA, and acclaimed producer Mura Masa.
A three day ticket costs €195 (£171) and you can buy them here.
NME previously headed to Flow Festival in 2017, and praised it for establishing an identity that is seldom seen at other festivals across Europe.
“fI you can’t stand copious amounts of glitter or if the thought of the #festivalstyle hashtag makes you squirm, you’ll feel comfortable in the suitably minimalist Scandinavian fashion on rotation here. There are no vintage clothing booths or sequin stalls, just a sea of chic people dressed in black lounging on Marimekko cushions, browsing vinyl by the champagne stall”, our review claimed.
By Nick Reilly
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