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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We Are One (Culoe De Song Remix)
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We Are One (Radio Edit)
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Obama Shuffle Strut Blues
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Jabulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony)
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Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same)
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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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Slow Bones
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Grazing In The Grass
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We've Landed
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Ingoma
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N'Kosi Sikelel iAfrica (Live: Rufaro Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe 14 Feb '87)
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Khauleza (Live)
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Market Place (Live)
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District Six (Live)
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Up Township (Live)
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Thuma Mina (Live)
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Grazing In The Grass (Live)
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Lady (Live)
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Ashiko (Live)
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The Boy's Doin' It (Live)
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Ibala Lam (Live)
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District Six
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Spring
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After Tears
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Old People, Old Folks
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Thimlela
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Happy Mama
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Send Me
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Africa Hold Hands
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Rosie My Girl (Feat. Gugu Shezi)
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Stimela (Jazzanova Remix)
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Nomali
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Stimela (Live)
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Sossie
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Exile
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Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
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Alright
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Tapera
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Don't Go Lose It Baby
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Heaven In You
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Makeba
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In An Age
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KwaZulu
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One Of These Days
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The Rooster
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Congo Women
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Shango
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Been Such A Long Time
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Shuffle & Bow
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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
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01 - Languta
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Ziph' Nkomo
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Don't Go Lose It Baby
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Chileshe
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Thanayi
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Khauleza
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Ha Le Se Le Li Khanna
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Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)
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Stimela (Coal Train)
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Mgewundini (Album Version)
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Bo-Masekela (Album Version)
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Fela (Album Version)
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Mamoriri (Album Version)
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Mbombela (Album Version)
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Stimela (The Coal Train)
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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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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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Stimela (Coal Train) (Album Version)
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Grazing In The Grass
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Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song)
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Up Up And Away
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Ha Lese Le Di Khanna
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Mama
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The Boy's Doin' It
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Phatsha-Phatsha (Instrumental)
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Sechaba
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Sarafina!
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Nomali
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Maseru
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The Big Apple
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Minawa
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The Boy's Doin' It
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Grazing In The Grass
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