M-Net has quickly scheduled several Hugh Masekela programmes on Mzansi Magic Music (DStv 321) to pay tribute to the artist after the death of the South African jazz legend.
"It is with great sadness that M-Net has learned of the passing of musical legend Hugh Masekela, a leader and stalwart of the music and entertainment industry worldwide," says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment at MultiChoice.
"His legacy, contribution and influence on the music world will be long remembered and treasured."
"Hugh Masekela told the South African story in an inimitable way. Through his music, the fight for democracy reached audiences all over the world, and to us, he was the voice of hope during dark times," says Yolisa Phahle.
"Hugh was recognised by the greatest musicians in the world. He played alongside jazz legends, incredible contemporary and chart-topping musicians, and is one of a few to have been at the famous Rumble in the Jungle. I have some very precious personal memories as he was a close family friend and a major inspiration to me as a young musician," says Yolisa Phahle.
"Today, South Africa, the rest of our continent and the world remember a man who touched lives in a magical and meaningful way".
M-Net and MultiChoice announced that it will be honouring Hugh Masekela's legacy with several specials, but started this at 12:00 on Tuesday on the Mzansi Magic Music channel already, although a programming notification was only issued at 13:30.
The following shows were already broadcast on Mzansi Magic Music on Tuesday afternoon, but will be repeated over the next few days, and will also be made available on DStv Catch Up from 18:00 on Tuesday evening:
12:00: The Best of Hugh Masekela Special
13:00: Friends of Hugh Masekela
14:00: Hugh Masekela Live at the Market Theatre
18:00: The Best of Hugh Masekela Special
19:00: Friends of Hugh Masekela
20:00: Hugh Masekela Live at the Market Theatre