Cape Town - Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, singer and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles.
He was born in the town of Witbank, South Africa in 1939. He was given a trumpet at age 14 by Louis Armstrong and is still blowing strong at 75.
He spent much of his life in exile during which time he released over 40 albums (and featured on countless more) and worked with legends like Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Miles Davis, Abdullah Ibrahim, Paul Simon and the late Miriam Makeba. Masekela has been honoured in numerous ways such as receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at WOMEX, being granted a Gold Medal of the Order of Ikhamanga in 2010 by the South African government and having 18 March proclaimed ‘Hugh Masekela Day’ in the US Virgin Islands.
His eclectic musical style is pervaded by jazz and mbaqanga combined with a gravelly voice, stirringly smooth horn sound and an ever-present concern for his home country and continent. Masekela is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa while continuing a lively international tour schedule. His latest album Playing @ Work, was released in 2014.
Superbalist is Rocking the Daisies Song of the Day: Hugh Masekela - Thanayi
Catch Hugh Masekela at the Main Stage on Saturday 8 October at 15:50.
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