Hugh Masekela

South African Musician

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer. He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela.

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    The Portland Mercury - Jun 19, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Hugh Masekela.


1939 Birth Born on April 4, 1939.


1958 19 Years Old Following a Manhattan Brothers tour of South Africa in 1958, Masekela wound up in the orchestra of the musical King Kong, written by Todd Matshikiza. … Read More


1964 25 Years Old In 1964, Makeba and Masekela were married, divorcing two years later. … Read More
1967 28 Years Old He also appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and was subsequently featured in the film Monterey Pop by D. A. Pennebaker.


1974 35 Years Old In 1974, Masekela and friend Stewart Levine organised the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa set around the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match. … Read More


1984 45 Years Old In 1984, Masekela released the album Techno Bush; from that album, a single entitled "Don't Go Lose It Baby" peaked at number two for two weeks on the dance charts.
1987 48 Years Old In 1987, he had a hit single with "Bring Him Back Home", which became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. … Read More


2003 64 Years Old In 2003, he was featured in the documentary film Amandla!
2004 65 Years Old In 2004, he released his autobiography, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela, co-authored with journalist D. Michael Cheers, which thoughtfully detailed Masekela's struggles against apartheid in his homeland, as well as his personal struggles with alcoholism from the late 1970s through to the 1990s. … Read More
2010 71 Years Old In 2010, Hugh Masekela was featured, with his son Selema Masekela, in a series of videos on ESPN. … Read More
2013 74 Years Old On 3 December 2013, Masekela guested with the Dave Matthews Band in Johannesburg, South Africa. … Read More
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