SA Photographer: Siphiwe Mhlambi’s work of Bra Hugh Auctioned in London

At the beginning of the year we lost a number of our legends that contributed to the music/entertainment industry and amongst those was Bra Hugh Masekela. The legendary Jazz musician who was born in Kwa-Guqa Township, Witbank, South Africa, where he began singing and playing the trumpet at the age of 14.

To make sure that his memory lives on, an iconic photographer by the name of Siphiwe Mhlambi who is responsible for three iconic photographs of the key legendary Jazz musician and Ubuntu supporter Hugh Masekela takes part in the Ubuntu Gala where he will Auction out three of Hugh Masekela’s photos. Siphiwe is one of South Africa’s most prominent and influential photographers, so you can imagine the battle that’s about to take place tonight at the Ubuntu Gala.

Siphiwe began his career in photography while at primary school. It was within his final year in high school whereSiphiwe became a great fan and friend of the late award winning photographer, Ken Oosterbroek. This three-time winner of the Ilford Photographer of The Year Award was very influential in Siphiwe’s decision to make photography his lifetime profession. Mhlambi has worked for the Sowetan, The Star, The Saturday Star, Sunday Times and City Press as well as MEDIA 24, the largest magazine publishers in the African Continent. For him to auction out some of his greatest works to such an amazing course is quite moving.

The man stands as one of the sought after photographers and regarded amongst young bright sparks in creative magazine photography in the country. We look forward to seeing tonights turn out at the Ubuntu Gala evening taking place tonight in London.

Siphiwe Mhlambi says, “I’m very delighted to have been able to capture a magnificent legend who contributed towards Africa’s past, present and future of Jazz. Sharing these 3 pieces with the rest of the world means a lot to me. Its moments like these that I am proud to be and African.” 



2 landscape photos: 98.5 cm x 70 cm

1 portrait photo: 95.5 cm x 69 cm

Signed limited edition photographic prints on fine art paper

Generously donated by Siphiwe Mhlambi