Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

 

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Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (born 4 April 1939) is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela. He is known for his jazz compositions, as well as for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home".

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Highlights10

Johannesburg
Album
Johannesburg is an album by musical artist Hugh Masekela, released on May 26, 2017.
At His Best
Album
At His Best is an album by musical artist Hugh Masekela, released on February 24, 2017.
No Borders
Album
No Borders is an album by musical artist Hugh Masekela, released on October 28, 2016.
Grazing in the Grass
 
"Grazing in the Grass" is an instrumental composed by Philemon Hou and first recorded by the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.

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Popular Albums53

Album Appearances & References39

Popular Songs2

Song Appearances & References4

Films1

Soundtrack Film Appearances1

Books1

Collaborators & Influencers18

Other Music-Related Relationships6

Personal & Professional Relationships4

Awards & Nominations2

Events2

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Spotify - Albums & Singles164

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On27

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Concerts1

News Articles27

'Africans imitate other people's cultures at their own expense‚' says Hugh Masekela
  –  August 1, 2017
During an interview with TshisaLIVE‚ Bra Hugh said he was pushed by the desire to have Africans‚ especially the youth‚ see the value of knowing and owning their identities. He added that it was absurd that Africans were willing to embrace all other ...
World Music institute to Present Masters of African Music
  –  August 1, 2017
7: Ere Mela Mela. Jazz Epistles featuring celebrated South African musicians Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela will perform on April 19, 2018 at the BAM Opera House. Tickets are available at www.worldmusicinstitute.org, or by calling 212-279-4200.
Hugh Masekela steps back in time with new musical
  –  July 31, 2017
Despite undergoing a medical procedure two months ago, legendary musician Hugh Masekela is back on his feet and doing what he loves – making music. This time Bra Hugh as he is affectionately called, steps into the director’s seat to tell the story of ...
Airtel gets on the Boyz II Men act
  –  July 30, 2017
This is the fourth edition of the festival, which started out as a jazz festival with the likes of Earl Klugh, Zonke, Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi performing at the event alongside local acts. Last year, the festival was headlined by UK-based pop ...
Perhaps focus less on politicians and more on artists
  –  July 30, 2017
Consider how much poorer in spirit we might have been had our musical and cultural sensitivities not been invoked, provoked and enhanced by Abdullah Ibrahim’s Water from an Ancient Well, Hugh Masekela’s Nomali, Miriam Makeba’s Promise, Bheki Mseleku ...
Hugh Masekela bounces back from surgery to direct new stage production
  –  July 30, 2017
Despite undergoing a medical procedure two months ago‚ legendary musician Hugh Masekela is back on his feet and doing what he loves – making music. This time Bra Hugh‚ as he is affectionately called‚ steps into the director’s seat for a theatre ...
D’PLUS: What Lagbaja taught me
  –  July 29, 2017
D’Plus with Lagbaja Describing the experience as awesome, he said; “I was excited to share the same stage with Hugh Masekela, P-Square, Flavour, Cabo Snoop and so on. Everywhere I went thereafter, everybody was calling me ‘that Lagbaja boy’.”
Mmegi Online :: On the road with Uncle John and Ausi Sonti to bury Ray Phiri( Pt1)
  –  July 28, 2017
Apparently Sonti met Uncle John back in 1984 when she came back from Europeto work on recordings with Hugh Masekela and Kalahari. The band was to later travel to London after the Boer attacks which killed refugees and locals alike, only missing Hugh ...
King Kong: the rebirth of an icon
  –  July 28, 2017
This is how South African entertainment got its wings as it launched the international careers for the likes of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, and many others. In what is set not to be a resurrection but rather a rebirth of a South African icon, Eric ...
Rise and fall (and revival) of SA’s King Kong show
  –  July 26, 2017
The cream of Johannesburg musicians was pulled together: The Manhattan Brothers, Miriam Makeba and her Skylarks (including Letta Mbulu and Abigail Khubeka), The Trevor Huddleston Jazz Band members (Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa), musicians from the Union ...
World Music Institute Announces 2017-18 Season of Music and Dance
  –  July 25, 2017
Jazz Epistles Featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela April 19, 2018, BAM Opera House South African jazz legends reunite and perform on one stage for the first time in almost 60 years in the U.S. on this historic tour. September 17 ...
Zakes back in business
  –  July 24, 2017
“Those who wanted to be part of the album came through, and I am grateful that the legend Bra Hugh Masekela came to the party and did a song with me.” The 12 track offering features songs such as Amantombazane, Dancing Trumpet and Bang Bang Bang among ...
Keiko Matsui @ Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival 2017
  –  July 24, 2017
Since then, the striking, petite powerhouse has worked alongside everyone from Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder to Hugh Masekela, Bob James, Kirk Whalum and many more. Being a world citizen, she has always wanted to transcend borders and build bridges among ...
Becca, 10 years in music - Let’s celebrate her!
  –  July 24, 2017
Rise To Critical Acclaim & Accolades It takes effort and lots of convincing to get a legend like Hugh Masekela to feature on the album of a relatively unknown artiste and even go on tour with her – but Kiki and Becca made it work. Kiki’s EKB Label put ...
SA’s first black musical ‘King Kong’ returns
  –  July 24, 2017
King Kong, the musical, first hit the stage in Johannesburg in 1959, launching the international careers of various performers, including Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela. The record-breaking production was seen by 200,000 South Africans, of all races ...
Literary Prize For Sudanese Writer, Masekela Picks Up PhD In Music
  –  July 24, 2017
Also this month, South African musical icon Hugh Masekela was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Witwatersarand. The doctorate follows a similar prize from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Bushra’s work was first published ...
A moving final goodbye for Ray Phiri
  –  July 23, 2017
Amongst those attending his funeral are politicians, musicians and industry colleagues including Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu, legendary musician Hugh Masekela and Dorothy ...
D’PLUS RECOLLECTS WORKING EXPERIENCE WITH LAGBAJA
  –  July 23, 2017
Describing the experience as awesome, he said, “I was excited to share the same stage with Hugh Masekela, P-Square, Flavour, Cabo Snoop and so on.” Speaking further, the dark-hued D’Plus, now a full-fledged member of widely-travelled gospel artiste ...
Looking back at 'The Summer of Love'
  –  July 22, 2017
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela had fled the apartheid regime back home, and became part of the LA music scene. In June of 1967, Masekela played the Monterey pop festival. Before he had his big 1968 hit "Grazin' in the Grass," he was grazin' in ...
Detroit House Music Takes a Swaggering Step Out of the Darkness
  –  July 21, 2017
After a seemingly endless set by the night’s mediocre headliner, Mr. Parrish took to the decks and began with some jazzy tracks including Hugh Masekela’s “Mama,” which spurred a migration from the dance floor to the exits. The exodus deepened when ...
Paul Simon's African party in Hyde Park: Graceland revisited on album of his 2012 concert at the venue
  –  July 21, 2017
Township choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo excelled on Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes and there were cameos from Hugh Masekela, on flugelhorn, and Thandiswa Mazwai, who deputised for Linda Ronstadt on Under African Skies. As with U2’s current Joshua Tree ...
Maui musicians busy as ever
  –  July 20, 2017
While they were recording they took inspiration from Hugh Masekela’s trippy Afrobeat album “Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz,” which was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, and featured the South African trumpeter with the Ghanian band Hedzoleh Soundz.
How a Jordanian soprano brought Verdi’s La Traviata to Amman's Amphitheatre
  –  July 19, 2017
The year will be rounded off with concerts by Welsh tenor Bryn Terfel on December 3 and legendary South African jazz man Hugh Masekela on December 11. Meanwhile in Oman, the Royal Opera House will host vintage British crooner Cliff Richard on October 7 ...
2017 Caine Prize for African Writing Awarded to Sudanese Writer Bushra al-Fadil
  –  July 19, 2017
Also this month, South African musical icon Hugh Masekela was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Witwatersarand. The doctorate follows a similar prize from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Bushra’s work was first published ...
Colonel Faat – Balantinje
  –  July 18, 2017
Great horns permeate throughout. Think Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela meet updated vibes for 2017. The spirit of the music is definitely there and right in front. There is also a remix of the track by Mankoora that is a little more down tempo but none the ...
Review: Shabazz Palaces Embrace the Cosmos on the Entrancing Quazarz Releases
  –  July 18, 2017
Meanwhile, Butler and producer Sunny Levine (the grandson of Quincy Jones who has worked with Ariel Pink, Pete Yorn, Happy Mondays, and South African trumpet icon Hugh Masekela) turn simple components into sonic cubism on “Atlaantis.” Keyboards strobe ...
Hugh Masekela awarded an honorary doctorate by Wits University
  –  July 8, 2017
SOUTH AFRICAN legendary jazz musician Dr Hugh Masekela was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Wits University. Masekela received an Hononary Doctorate degree in April, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), for his contribution in music ...

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