23/01/2018 10:58 SAST | Updated 23/01/2018 10:58 SAST

In Pictures: The Life And Times Of Award-Winning Jazz Architect Hugh Masekela

Masekela lost his battle with prostate cancer.

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Portrait of musician Hugh Masekela, late 1960s or early 1970s. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died.

A family member confirmed to HuffPost that the 78-year-old succumbed to cancer on Tuesday.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Masekela gained international recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as "Soweto Blues", which served as one of the soundtracks to the anti-apartheid movement, reports Reuters.

Take a look at his life in pictures:

In Pictures: Life And Times Of Hugh Masekela: The Legend Lives On