From the moment anti-apartheid activist Trevor Huddleston handed a 14-year-old Hugh Masekela his first trumpet, it was evident he was destined for the big time. Over the next six decades Masekela jammed with all the international musical gods; he hung with them; hell, he even married one of them — Miriam Makeba, in 1964. But he was a man who would just as easily stop and have a chat with a fan in an airport. He was smart and funny, could weave a gripping yarn and was generous with his abundant talent and time.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now