Although world-renowned musician Hugh Masekela will be granted his wish of a private funeral, members of the public will also get a chance to bid him farewell during three memorial celebrations scheduled over the rest of the week.
His son, Sal, said it was Masekela's instruction that he have a private funeral.
"The funeral will be for close family and friends; this is what he wanted. Anyone [else] who wants to pay their respects can go to the various memorial events," Sal said.
Details of the services are as follows:
Hugh Masekela Heritage Park
This is an audiovisual celebration of Hugh Masekela's life, chronicling his six-decade tenure as an artist and social, political and cultural activist. A temporary visitors centre of sorts, the Heritage Park will feature visuals, footage and audio that reflect his rich and inspiring life journey.
Venue: Zoo Lake, Johannesburg
Date: From Friday, January 26 – Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Heitada Alex! – Going Home
A commemoration of Bra Hugh's life, hosted in Alexandra township where he began his musical journey. Friends, the artistic community and family will share their memories of him.
Venue: Sankopano Community Centre, Corner 12th Avenue and Selborne Street
Date: Friday, January 26
Hugh Masekela Musical Memorial
The final public tribute to Masekela, the event is a musical celebration of this legend's life, featuring a range of artists he collaborated with, influenced and loved.
Date: Sunday, January 28
Venue: University of Johannesburg – Soweto Campus, Chris Hani Road, Soweto.