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Hugh Masekela (born Johannesburg, April 4, 1939) is a South African flugelhorn and cornet player. In 1961, as part of the anti-apartheid campaign, he was exiled to the United States where he was befriended by Harry Belafonte. He has played primarily in jazz ensembles, with guest appearances on albums by The Byrds and Paul Simon. In 1987, he had a hit single with "Bring Him Back Home" which became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. After apartheid ended, Masekela returned to South Africa where he now lives. City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Flugelhorn- this is a standard 3-valved Bb model. ... The cornet is a brass instrument that closely resembles the trumpet. ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... Harry Belafonte in Almanac, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1954 Harry Belafonte on The Muppet Show. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... The Byrds’ original line-up. ... Paul Simon This article is about the musician; for other Paul Simons, see Paul Simon (disambiguation). ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... President Nelson Mandela, 1995-1999 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela IPA: [nÉ›lsÉ™n roliɬaɬa mandÉ›la], OM OC, (born 18 July 1918) was the first democratically-elected President of South Africa. ...

Hugh Masekela was an old collaborator of Abdullah Ibrahim. He is reported to have been initially inspired in his musical growth by Trevor Huddleston, a British priest working in the South African townships who financed Masekela's first trumpet. Masekela played his way through the vibrant Sophiatown scene with The Jazz Epistles and to Britain with King Kong, to find himself in New York in the early 1960s. He had hits in the United States with the pop jazz tunes "Up, Up and Away" and "Grazin' in the Grass". Missing image Image:http://www. ... Trevor Huddleston (born June 15, 1913, died 1998), was an Anglican priest, one-time Archbishop of Mauritius and the Indian Ocean, and most famous for his anti-Apartheid activism. ... Sophiatown was a lively, mostly-black suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. ... Jazz Epistles Jazz Epistles was South Africas first important (albeit short lived) bebop band. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki (R) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ...

A renewed interest in his African roots led him to collaborate with West and Central African musicians, and finally to reconnect with South African players when he set up a mobile studio in Botswana, just over the South African border, in the 1980s. Here he re-absorbed and re-used mbaqanga strains, a style he has continued to use since his return to South Africa in the early 1990s. Mbaqanga is a style of South African music that is usually sung by people from rural areas. ...

In the 1980s, he toured with Paul Simon in support of Simon's then controversial, but highly critically acclaimed, album Graceland, which featured other South African artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, and other elements of the band Kalahari, which Masekela recorded with in the 1980s. He also collaborated in the musical development for the Broadway play, Sarafina! Graceland is an album released in 1986 by Paul Simon. ...

In 2003, he was featured in the documentary film Amandla!, about how the music of South Africa aided in the struggle against apartheid. In 2004, he released his autobiography, Grazin' in The Grass: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela, which thoughtfully details his struggles against apartheid in his homeland, as well as his personal struggles against alcohol addiction from the late 1970s through to the 1990s, a period when he migrated, in his personal recording career, to mbquanqa, jazz/funk, and the blending of south african sounds to an adult contemporary sound through two albums he recorded with Herb Alpert, and notable solo recordings, Techno-Bush (recorded in his studio in Botswana), Tomorrow (featuring the anthem "Bring Him Back Home"), Uptownship (an lush-sounding ode to American R&B), Beatin' Aroun' de Bush, Sixty, and Time.

Essential recordings include:

  • "Bring Him Back Home"
  • "Coal Train (Stimela)"
  • "Ziph'nkomo"
  • "Don't Go Lose It Baby"
  • "Ha Le Se Li De Khanna (The Dowry Song)"
  • "Bajabule Bonka"
  • "Grazing in the Grass"
  • "U-Dwi"

His song, "Soweto Blues", sung by his former wife, Miriam Makeba, is a soulful mourn, rueing the carnage of the Soweto riots in 1976.

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World's Fair: Hugh Masekela (1160 words)
Hugh Masekela and I met for the first time in the fall of 1961.
Hugh had brought over many 45s of this kind of music and whenever any of the newly exiled South African students would arrive in New York their first stop would be Hughie's apartment on 87th Street.
Hugh had a desire to go deeper into this bag, we often spoke about of music.
Hugh Masekela - Home Page (1026 words)
Huddleston was deported by the racist government of the time for his emancipation militancy and when Hugh kept on badgering him to help him leave the oppressive country for music education opportunities abroad, the priest worked very hard to get him to England.
After the March 21, 1960 Sharpville Massacre where 69 Africans peacefully protesting the pass laws along the thousands of their fellow comrades were mercilessly mowed down, the ensuing national outrage caused the government to proclaim a state of emergency and the banning of gatherings by more than ten people.
With immense help from Makeba and Belafonte, Hugh eventually began to record, gaining his first breakthrough with “The Americanization of Ooga-Booga” produced by the late Tom Wilson who had been producer of Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel’s debut successes.
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