THE family of iconic musician and trumpeter Hugh Masekela gathered for the unveiling of the Hugh Masekela Memorial Pavilion at Westpark Cemetery in Joburg on Saturday.
The proceedings started with cultural chants led by the family, who had gathered around the arcade. The structure was designed by British architect Sir David Adjaye, who declared that the family wanted to create something special for Masekela, whom he described as a “huge creative force and inspiration”.
“Hugh was such a huge spirit for me, a huge creative force and inspiration. We worked with the Design Indaba team who Hugh had a very long relationship with, who connected to me and I met the family. I had been doing small works in Joburg, so I had a team here and got it together to work on this pavilion.”
Adjaye added that they wanted to dignify the late jazz legend, creating a shrine for an African king.
“We’ve brought four stones from corners of the continent, the north-east, north-west, the south and the centre, to the pavilion.