Hugh Masekela

Bio

Jazz giant Hugh Masekela (4 April 1939 - 23 January 2018) was a well known flugelhornist, trumpeter, composer, singer and a defiant political voice.

He was a product of South Africa’s golden age of jazz and was a member of the legendary group, The Jazz Epistles, with Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa, as well as the touring musical 'King Kong' in the late 1950s. Exiled to the US in the 1960, he helped bring Africa’s voice to the west. In the early 60s he studied in London and New York, soon releasing albums such as 'Trumpet Africaine' (1963) and 'Grrr' (1966). He was married briefly to Miriam Makeba and had hits in the US 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.

In the 70s he travelled the world, working in a variety of genres, including Afrobeat and funk. In the mid-80s he returned to southern Africa, basing himself across the border in Botswana and working with South African musicians on albums like 'Techno-Bush' (1984), which earned him another top 10 hit in the US with ‘Don’t Go Lose It Baby’, followed by Waiting For The Rain (1985). Other albums during that period, such as 'Home' (1982) and 'Tomorrow' (1987), also drew on top exiled musicians. He returned to South Africa in the early 90s and continues to record and perform regularly. In 2004 he published his autobiography, Still Grazing. His 2010 album 'Jabulani' won a Grammy Award for Best World Music in 2013.

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Ibala Lam
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Thanayi (Live at the Market Theatre)
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District Six (Live at the Market Theatre)
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Thuma Mina (Live at the Market Theatre)
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Mandela (Live at the Market Theatre)
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Lady (Live at the Market Theatre)
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Stimela (Live at the Market Theatre)
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The Boy's Doin' It (Live at the Market Theatre)
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Ibala Lam (Live at the Market Theatre)
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Change
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Part of a Whole
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Thimlela
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Mamoshaba
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Ce Soir
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Conchita
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Happy Mama
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Send Me
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Esto Se Paso
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Bongo Day
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The Meeting Place
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Soweto Blues
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Kwaguqa (feat. Hugh Masekela)
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Sossie
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Grazing in the Grass (Live)
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A Person Is A Sometime Thing
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Mama
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Slow Bones
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Mama Way
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Cantelope Island
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We Are One (Black Coffee Original Dub)
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Coconut Jam
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Agbada Bougou
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Robbers, Thugs and Muggers (O'Galajani)
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Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same)
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We've Landed
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Wimoweh
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Morning of the Carnival (From "Black Orpheus")
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Stimela
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Heaven In You
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11 - Rekpete
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10 - Mandela
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09 - band intros
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08 - Grazing In The Grass
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07 - Lady
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06 - Stimela
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05 - Ha Lese Le Di Khanna
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04 - Baby Blue
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03 - Sista Fanya
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02 - Chileshe
12:49
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01 - Languta
12:15
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Market Place
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Don't Go Lose It Baby
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Chileshe
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Strawberries
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Thanayi
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African Secret Society
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Khauleza
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Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)
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Madonna
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Stimela (Coal Train) (Black Coffee Remix)
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Mgewundini (Album Version)
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Lizzy (Album Version)
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Tamati So So (Album Version)
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Fela (Album Version)
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Mamoriri (Album Version)
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Vasco Da Gama (The Sailor Man)
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Grazing In The Grass
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Ha Le Se (The Dowry Song)
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Ntyilo Ntyilo (The Love Bird)
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Marketplace
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Nomali
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Languta
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Until When
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Lady
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Grazin' in the Grass
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Mandela (Bring Him Back Home!)
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Uptownship
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Abangoma (The Healers)
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Enganjyani (feat. Hugh Masekela)
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Mamani
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Im Ghetto von Soweto (Auntie's House)
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Nina
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Mama Ndoro
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Stimela (Coal Train) (Album Version)
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Languta
04:49
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Gold
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Grazing In The Grass
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Up Up And Away
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Felicidade
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Ha Lese Le Di Khanna
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Child Of The Earth
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Mama (Metro Area Birthday Dub)
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Colonial Man
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Ade
03:46
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The Boy's Doin' It
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Sipho (Instrumental)
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Emavungweni (Instrumental)
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U, Dwi
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Sechaba
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Sarafina!
02:40
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The Big Apple
07:53
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Minawa
09:37
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Part Of A Whole
09:37
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The Boy's Doin' It (Carl Craig Remix)
06:27
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