Isaac Hayes/

There's always hurdles. So I just keep moving, just constantly redefining myself. That's how you stay in the race

Soul Man songwriter, singer and actor Isaac Hayes didn’t simply write award-winning hit after hit, but was also the man behind many famous movie scores.

His music for the 1971 detective film Shaft won him an Academy Award for Best Original Song, while Soul Man is listed among the most influential hits of the past 50 years.

Born in Tennessee, Hayes was brought up by his grandparents, fathered 12 children and was made an honorary king in Ghana, in honour of his humanitarian work in the country’s Ada region.

The singer songwriter was already a married father when in his late teens he began playing music in clubs. Soon he was supporting the likes of Otis Redding, before becoming a star in his own right, penning hits for other recording artists and releasing his own hit soul albums.

As an actor, he featured in movies including sci-fi film, while later on in his career, he voiced the character Chef in the early series of the popular animated series, South Park

“Music is fun. Plain and simple,” he once said, explaining how it can also inspire young people. “It opens up their minds to dream great dreams about where they can go and what they can do when they get older.”