RIP Hugh Masekela

“Hard to believe Hugh Masekela is gone. He was one of those forces in life that you believe will go on forever… He was so strong musically, spiritually and an incredible physical presence… Let alone being one of the most beautiful musicians and players that I have met. I think if I were to define “Musical Ambassador”, there are two musicians that come to mind that were true emissaries around the world… That was BB King and Hugh Masekela.
I first recorded on one of Hughs albums in the 70’s. We would work on and off for the decades ahead, and then I had the privilege of playing with him at International Jazz day twice. The last time at the White House in 2016…
More than ever I miss him, as we need these very special music ambassadors that travel literally without borders and share their message of love and music around the world… He will be missed big-time…RIP Hugh
– Lee Ritenour