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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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  • Jazz As A Force For Peace And Freedom
    Inter Press Service News Agency - May 02, 2015
  • Ralph A. Miriello: Notes On Jazz's Annual 4th Of July Living Legends Of Jazz Celebration
    Huffington Post - Jul 02, 2013
  • Tonight In Music: Camera Obscura, Closer, Come & More
    The Portland Mercury - Jun 21, 2013
  • Up & Coming
    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


1960 21 Years Old Following the March 21, 1960, Sharpeville Massacre – where 69 peacefully protesting Africans were shot dead in Sharpeville, and the South African government banned gatherings of ten or more people – and the increased brutality of the Apartheid state, Masekela left the country. … 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. … Read More


1980 41 Years Old A renewed interest in his African roots led Masekela to collaborate with West and Central African musicians, and finally to reconnect with Southern African players when he set up with the help of Jive Records a mobile studio in Botswana, just over the South African border, from 1980 to 1984. … 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 against alcoholism from the late 1970s through to the 1990s. … Read More
2010 71 Years Old In 2010, Hugh Masekela was featured, with his son Salema, in a series of videos on ESPN. … Read More
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