Hugh Masekela
South African musician
Hugh Masekela
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 - almost 2 years
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, the brains behind International Jazz Day, an event that aims to encourage and highlight the “power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity”. Credit: A.D. McKenzie By A. D. McKenzie PARIS, May 2 2015 (IPS) Against the backdrop of civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, the fourth annual International Jazz Day was celebrated with events around the world and appeals for peace, unity and dialogue. “Each of us is equal. All of us inhabit this place we call home,” said American jazz legend Herbie Hancock. “We must move mountains to find solutions to our incredible challenges.”“Each of us is equal. All of us inhabit this place we call home. We must move mountains to find solutions to our incredible challenges" – American jazz legend Herbie Hancock Although the organisers of the event held on Apr. 30 did not refer directly to the protests that have followed the funeral of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray, an African-American who died in police custody, Hanc ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to lo ...
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Tonight in Music: Camera Obscura, Closer, Come & More
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
CAMERA OBSCURA, MARISSA NADLER (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our article on Camera Obscura. CLOSER PDX (Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill) The Closer PDX electronic music festival enters its third year with 60 DJs and live acts spread across town for four days. The nerve center of the operation takes place Friday and Saturday at Refuge, with sets from John Tejada, Lars Behrenroth, and lots more over multiple stages, playing techno, house, bass, and all kinds of electronic dance music. NED LANNAMANN COME, REBECCA GATES AND THE CONSORTIUM, SAD HORSE (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Come made four albums in just six years, the most recent of which, Gently, Down the Stream, turned 15 earlier this year. Nevertheless, the darkly angry Bostonians have reunited to celebrate the anniversary of their first album, 11:11, which single-handedly brought blues rock out from under the shadow of good ol' boyishness. Revisiting Come's catalog from a distance, it's surprising h ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Music previews for the week of June 19-25. WEDNESDAY 6/19 CSS, MS MR, IO ECHO (Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week! THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN, SIREN AND THE SEA, SAM COOPER (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on There Is No Mountain. MATTRESS, XDS, SWAHILI, GRAPEFRUIT (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Portland one-man psychiatric pop progenitor Mattress' latest six-song cassette is called Fuck the Future, although it's less a dystopian look forward than it is simply a statement to live in the now. And while the man behind the curtain, Rex Marshall, seems to draw influence from both the future and the past, his dark synth hymns are very much embedded in the present. The EP's first track, "Beautiful Moment," sounds like someone confessing to doing wrong, but still relishing the experience. In fact, there seems to be an underlying bright side in all this darkness, but that doesn't mean Mattress wo ...
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David Hunt: "Certain Birds Make Certain Sounds": An Interview with Hugh Masekela
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
When Hugh picked up the phone and I asked him how he was doing, he forewent any standard return greeting. Rather than say he was fine, great or lousy, he offered instead a description of his surroundings: "I'm sitting on the porch in a rocking chair, looking at the purple mountain range in the hazy, slightly cloudy atmosphere. There's a beautiful breeze blowing from the east, west, south or north, I don't know where it's blowing from. And I'm sitting next to our tour manager and we are rocking in these chairs and we're looking at our bus and some trail ways. And it's a beautiful spring day in rural Pennsylvania. You couldn't beat that." The night before, he and his band had played a sold out show at Bucknell University. It was their 5th concert in a string of U.S. dates that will bring them to the Marin Center on April 27th. Masekela is admittedly busier than he has ever been in his remarkable 50-year career. Though the image of the old man on the porch in a rocking chair ...
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Jazz Great Hugh Masekela, Fresh Because He's Fascinated
NPR - almost 4 years
The South African trumpeter is one of the giants of African music. Over his long career, he pioneered jazz fusion and even managed to bump the Rolling Stones from the U.S. charts. Still, at age 74, he says, "I feel like I'm just beginning." » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Remembering Caravan of Dreams, South Africa and freedom
Star Telegram- blogs - over 4 years
Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela made his Texas debut in Fort Worth, where he played his horn and prophesied freedom.
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz Third Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Roy Haynes photo by Fran Kaufman © 2012 Notes on Jazz Third Annual Living Legends of Jazz 2012 Once again it is time for my annual Notes on Jazz listing of the Living Legend of Jazz .This is the third annual compilation, and with each year we gain some new members and sadly lose some old friends. The list is a celebration of those who have, for so long, graced us with their talents, their creativity and their love of the music. Last year, we saw the passing of some truly venerable legends. Musicians, performers, innovators, teachers and mentors who made an indelible mark on society at large and on the music in particular. Some were famous, some infamous and all will be missed. This fraternity of Jazz Legends lost two drummers. A onetime member of both the Ellington and Basie band's drummer Butch Ballard passed at the age of 92. The eclectic rhythm machine, Paul Motian, who together with bassist Scott LaFaro and pianist Bill Evans formed what was perhaps the mo ...
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Paul Simon's 'Graceland' 25th anniversary box set is a trove of riches
LATimes - over 4 years
It might seem there'd be little left to say about Paul Simon’s watershed 1986 album “Graceland,” which is being reissued today in a deluxe four-disc 25th anniversary box set. Paul Simon collected Grammy Awards for the title track and the album as record and song of the year, it was No. 71 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and introduced millions of listeners to the wonders of the music of South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, among its other attributes. But the new box set does indeed help shed new light on the music and the entire project with the various bonus features that now accompany the original album. Chief among them is the disc containing Joe Berlinger’s fascinating documentary “Under African Skies,” laying out the controversy of Simon violating the United Nations’ cultural boycott of South Africa’s racist apartheid system when he recorded several tracks in Johannesburg with the members of Ladysmith and other musicians from the region. ...
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Gilberto Gil, Hugh Masekela among international notes in Rialto ‘12-13 season
ajc - almost 5 years
By Howard Pousner Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, which always accents its music and dance-dominated schedule with international flavors, will bring two world music masters as part of its 2012-13 season: Brazilian singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil and South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. In fact, the lineup, being announced today in the AJC, has an almost United Nations feel to it, also including appearances by Indian percussion ace Zakir Hussain, Miami-based Cuban timba artists Tiempo Libre and the French dance troupe Pierre Rigal’s Compagnie Dernière Minute. The season also will extend two Rialto’s traditions: pairing artists representing different styles on one bill, such as banjoist Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio in a bluegrass-jazz fusion; and presenting performers in a different way, such as Hussain (who has played there twice with Masters of Percussion) appearing with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, a titan of the …
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Jazz at the UN
UN Dispatch - almost 5 years
There is a concert tonight at the United Nations that will go down in history.  Why so historic? April 30, 2012 is the first ever “International Jazz Day” as proclaimed by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organization (UNESCO). The UN will commemorate the day with a first-ever jazz concert at UN headquarters in New York. The concert is being co-hosted by UNESCO, the US  mission to the United Nations and UNESCO goodwill ambassador Herbie Hancock.  The lineup for tonight’s performance is…amazing: “this special evening concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall will feature performances by Tony Bennett, Terence Blanchard, Richard Bona (Cameroon), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candido, Robert Cray, Eli Degibri (Israel), Jack DeJohnette, Sheila E., Jimmy Heath, Zakir Hussain (India), Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Lang Lang (China), Romero Lubambo (Brazil), Shankar Mahadevan (India), Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Christian McBride, Danilo Pérez, Diann ...
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Herbie Hancock celebrates International Jazz Day
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Herbie Hancock and scores of other big names in sound, rhythm and improvisation gathered in Paris on Friday to celebrate a new annual event: International Jazz Day. Hancock, a UNESCO goodwill ambassador, is the force behind the creation of a world day of jazz on April 30 starting Monday. The yearly event aims to encourage people around the world to break down barriers between them using music. “International Jazz Day is the great metaphor for international harmony,” Hancock told The Associated Press in an interview, before kicking off jazz day at UNESCO where it gets an early start. Things were getting groovy behind the sober, concrete walls of the headquarters of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. About 400 students from Paris music conservatories and schools were taking master classes from Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater or Ibrahim Maalouf. Workshops, films, lectures and performances by musicians from around the world preceded an evening concert with ...
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Tribeca Film Festival: Our Most Anticipated Movies
MTV News - almost 5 years
From a feel-good rom-com to a tear-jerking documentary, this year's festival has a variety of films we can't wait to see. By Kevin P. Sullivan Robert DeNiro Photo: MTV News The Tribeca Film Festival is now upon us, and with so many films playing this year, it can be hard to parse what's worth checking out. As festival founder Robert De Niro told MTV News, his goal each year is to fill the lineup with quality films. "The goals are the movies. Have good movies and good choices," he said. "You can't always get what you want, but we try to get the best things that are out there." We've looked through the lineup and awarded superlatives to some of this year's most talked-about movies at the Tribeca Film Festival. Most Promising Short Film: "Pitch Black Heist" Here's a movie that features Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham, who play thieves looking to steal the contents of a safe. The catch is that the office that houses the safe is equipped with a light-sensitive ...
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Today in History 04.18.12
3 KATC - almost 5 years
Today is Wednesday, April 4, the 95th day of 2012. There are 271 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. On this date: In 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union. In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office. In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated. In 1859, "Dixie" was performed publicly for the first time by Bryant's Minstrels at Mechanics' Hall in New York. In 1887, Susanna Madora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community: Argonia, Kan. In 1912, China proclaimed a republic in Tibet, a move fiercely opposed by Tibetans. In 1933, the Navy airship USS Akron crashed in severe weather off the New Je ...
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Hugh Masekela: Wedding Songs That Don't Sound Blue
NPR - almost 5 years
South African trumpeter and band leader <a class="fplink fp-118111" href="/Hugh+Masekela+1">Hugh Masekela</a> has released more than 30 albums since his American debut in 1961. The concept behind his latest album, Jabulani, is deceptively simple. It's a collection of South African wedding songs which Masekela remembers vividly from his youth. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Music Review: Hugh Masekela - Jabulani - about 5 years
Jabulani is an invitation to the listener to join a joyous, boisterous celebration based on traditional South African wedding songs....
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hugh Masekela
  • 2013
    On 3 December 2013, Masekela guested with the Dave Matthews Band in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    More Details Hide Details He joined Rashawn Ross on trumpet for "Proudest Monkey" and "Grazing in the Grass". Masekela is involved in several social initiatives, and serves for instance as a director on the board of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto.
  • 2010
    In 2010, Hugh Masekela was featured, with his son Selema Masekela, in a series of videos on ESPN.
    More Details Hide Details The series, called Umlando – Through My Father's Eyes, was aired in 10 parts during ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The series focused on Hugh and Selema's travels through South Africa. Hugh brought his son to the places he grew up. It was Selema's first trip to his father's homeland.
  • 2004
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In this period, he migrated, in his personal recording career, to mbaqanga, jazz/funk, and the blending of South African sounds, through two albums he recorded with Herb Alpert, and 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 Revival. His song "Soweto Blues", sung by his former wife, Miriam Makeba, is a blues/jazz piece that mourns the carnage of the Soweto riots in 1976. He has also provided interpretations of songs composed by Jorge Ben, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Caiphus Semenya, Jonas Gwangwa, Dorothy Masuka and Fela Kuti. In 2009, Masekela released the album Phola (meaning "to get well, to heal"), his second recording for 4 Quarters Entertainment/Times Square Records. It includes some songs he wrote in the 1980s but never completed, as well as a reinterpretation of "The Joke of Life (Brinca de Vivre)", which he recorded in the mid-1980s. Since October 2007, he has been a board member of the Woyome Foundation for Africa.
  • 2003
    In 2003, he was featured in the documentary film Amandla!
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  • 1987
    In 1987, he had a hit single with "Bring Him Back Home", which became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. In the 1980s, he toured with Paul Simon in support of Simon's album Graceland, which featured other South African artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, and other elements of the band Kalahari, with which Masekela recorded in the 1980s. He also collaborated in the musical development for the Broadway play, Sarafina! He previously recorded with the band Kalahari.
  • 1984
    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.
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  • 1974
    In 1974, Masekela and friend Stewart Levine organised the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa set around the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match.
    More Details Hide Details He has played primarily in jazz ensembles, with guest appearances on recordings by The Byrds ("So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" and "Lady Friend") and Paul Simon ("Further to Fly").
  • 1967
    He also appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and was subsequently featured in the film Monterey Pop by D. A. Pennebaker.
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  • 1964
    In 1964, Makeba and Masekela were married, divorcing two years later.
    More Details Hide Details He had hits in the United States with the pop jazz tunes "Up, Up and Away" (1967) and the number-one smash "Grazing in the Grass" (1968), which sold four million copies.
  • 1958
    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.
    More Details Hide Details King Kong was South Africa's first blockbuster theatrical success, touring the country for a sold-out year with Miriam Makeba and the Manhattan Brothers' Nathan Mdledle in the lead. The musical later went to London's West End for two years. At the end of 1959, Dollar Brand (later known as Abdullah Ibrahim), Kippie Moeketsi, Makhaya Ntshoko, Johnny Gertze and Hugh formed the Jazz Epistles, the first African jazz group to record an LP and perform to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late 1959 to early 1960. Following 21 March 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. He was helped by Trevor Huddleston and international friends such as Yehudi Menuhin and John Dankworth, who got him admitted into London's Guildhall School of Music. During that period, Masekela visited the United States, where he was befriended by Harry Belafonte. He attended Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studied classical trumpet from 1960 to 1964.
  • 1939
    Born on April 4, 1939.
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