Designed by architect Sir David Adjaye, the Hugh Masekela Memorial was unveiled this month.
“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. Only change and the tantalizing promise of a future were his muse.
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. Only music is god and this deity is neither fixed nor petrified in genre. He laughed a lot and his humour is scattered everywhere. And we will always love him.”
This statement, a tribute from the Masekela family, will appear on the Hugh Masekela Memorial Pavilion, set to be unveiled at his gravesite on Saturday, 1st of June 2019.
The memorial pavilion was designed by world renowned architect Sir David Adjaye. It is based on the architectural tradition from various African countries and affirms the burial place as a welcoming space to commune with the departed.
Rooted in the Pan African aesthetic, it resonates with Masekela’s own ethos. Sir David Adjaye has created a welcoming space, a place for reflection, with light forever filtering through the foliage which is mimicked by the canopy solidly balanced on diversely shaped trunks.