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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. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 361 × 366 pixelsFull resolution (361 × 366 pixel, file size: 36 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 361 × 366 pixelsFull resolution (361 × 366 pixel, file size: 36 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) http://www. ... 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 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full year calendar). ... A standard 3-valved Bb flugelhorn. ... Bâ™­ cornet The cornet is a brass instrument that closely resembles the trumpet. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... Harold George Belafonte, Jr. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (IPA )) (born July 18, 1918) was the first President of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections. ...

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 the number one smash "Grazin' in the Grass". Abdullah Ibrahim, born Adolph Johannes Brand, formally known as Dollar Brand (from a popular brand of matches), is a South African pianist and composer who was born in Cape Town in 1934. ... Trevor Huddleston (June 15, 1913, – April 20, 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 was South Africas first important (albeit short lived) bebop band. ... King Kong was a South African jazz influenced musical, billed at the time as a jazz opera. ... NY redirects here. ...

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! He previously recorded with the band Kalahari. Graceland is an album released in 1986 by Paul Simon. ... Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a chorus from South Africa that is noted for singing a cappella isicathamiya and mbube music. ... Miriam Makeba performing at the Cape Town Jazz Festival in 2006. ... Ray Chikapa Phiri is an African jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician born in Mpumalanga. ... Sarafina! is a South African musical by Mbongeni Ngema depicting apartheid; it was later adapted into a movie starring Leleti Khumalo and Whoopi Goldberg. ...

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 mbaqanga, 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 (a lush-sounding ode to American R&B), Beatin' Aroun' de Bush, Sixty, Time, and most recently, "Revival". Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony is a 2002 documentary film depicting the struggles of black South Africans against the injustices of Apartheid through the use of music. ... Mbaqanga is a style of South African music that is usually sung by people from rural areas. ...

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"
  • "The Joke of Life"

His song, "Soweto Blues", sung by his former wife, Miriam Makeba, mourns the carnage of the Soweto riots in 1976. Miriam Makeba performing at the Cape Town Jazz Festival in 2006. ...

Hugh Masekela is the father of Sal Masekela, host of American channel E!'s Daily 10 show, along with Debbie Matenopoulos. Selema Salmomo Sal Masekela is an American television host. ... E!: Entertainment Television is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ... Despina Debbie Matenopoulos (born December 13, 1974 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American journalist, talk show host, and actress. ...

External links

  • bio page on and image of Hugh Masekela, HeadsUp.com

  Results from FactBites:
Hugh Masekela (569 words)
Hugh was obsessed with the music he heard around him, whether it was traditional or jazz from America.
Hugh also joined African Jazz Revue and in the late 1950s recorded the first album by a fl South African jazz band, the Jazz Epistles with pianist Dollar Brand (who is now called Abdullah Ibrahim), Kippie Moeketsi and others.
Hugh moved to Botswana in 1981 and began the Botswana International School of Music and he had a band there called Kalahari.
Hugh Masekela on The Paula Gordon Show (1143 words)
Masekela remembers that he may not have been ready for fame, but he was always centered: he knew that there were people suffering where he came from and that those people were, as he puts it, the people he sourced from.
Masekela says, “Graceland”; was the first time in the whole world that music had an effect that rippled up the hallways of governments.
Masekela remembers how surprised he was by his early successes and considers what he learned from some of his mistakes.
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