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.

Picture source: David Durbach

Music

Track artwork
Black Coffee
We Are One (Black Coffee Original Dub)
07:58
Deezer
Like
14
Track artwork
Black Coffee
We Are One (Radio Edit)
04:42
Deezer
Track artwork
Tony Allen
Obama Shuffle Strut Blues
04:40
Deezer
Like
73
Track artwork
Tony Allen
Jabulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony)
05:41
Deezer
Like
52
Track artwork
Tony Allen
Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same)
03:53
Deezer
Like
20
Track artwork
Tony Allen
Coconut Jam
03:31
Deezer
Like
51
Track artwork
Tony Allen
Agbada Bougou
05:26
Deezer
Like
59
Track artwork
Tony Allen
Robbers, Thugs and Muggers (O'Galajani)
04:35
Deezer
Like
58
Track artwork
Tony Allen
Slow Bones
05:49
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Grazing In The Grass
02:36
Deezer
Track artwork
Tony Allen
We've Landed
04:38
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Mama
05:10
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Tapera
05:15
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Mahlalela
04:28
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Afro Beat Blues
06:48
Deezer
Track artwork
Paul Simon
N'Kosi Sikelel iAfrica (Live: Rufaro Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe 14 Feb '87)
03:58
Deezer
Like
24
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Stimela (Live: Rufaro Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe 14 Feb '87)
07:21
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Bring Him Back Home (Live: Rufaro Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe 14 Feb '87)
04:36
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Khauleza (Live)
15:21
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Market Place (Live)
16:37
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Thuma Mina (Live)
09:38
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Grazing In The Grass (Live)
14:42
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Lady (Live)
10:11
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Ha Le Se (Live)
08:42
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
The Boy's Doin' It (Live)
11:17
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Ibala Lam (Live)
02:57
Deezer
Like
15
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
After Tears
05:16
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Thimlela
07:47
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Magic
06:21
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Mamoshaba
05:51
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Ce Soir
06:42
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Conchita
06:59
Deezer
Like
11
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Happy Mama
04:52
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Send Me
06:04
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Stimela (Live)
15:03
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Umbombela
05:28
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Sossie
06:41
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Heaven In You
04:11
Deezer
Like
12
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
11 - Rekpete
07:43
SoundCloud
Like
945
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
10 - Mandela
05:03
SoundCloud
Like
184
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
09 - band intros
06:15
SoundCloud
Like
204
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
08 - Grazing In The Grass
14:29
SoundCloud
Like
199
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
07 - Lady
12:36
SoundCloud
Like
205
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
06 - Stimela
13:40
SoundCloud
Like
189
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
05 - Ha Lese Le Di Khanna
09:47
SoundCloud
Like
191
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
04 - Baby Blue
09:01
SoundCloud
Like
200
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
03 - Sista Fanya
10:33
SoundCloud
Like
179
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
02 - Chileshe
12:49
SoundCloud
Like
187
Track artwork
parcfloral2107
01 - Languta
12:15
SoundCloud
Like
184
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Thanayi
05:24
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Khauleza
05:15
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Ha Le Se Le Li Khanna
04:25
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)
04:45
Deezer
Like
29
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Grazing In The Grass
02:55
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Stimela (Coal Train)
05:26
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Mgewundini (Album Version)
05:17
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Bo-Masekela (Album Version)
05:20
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Lizzy (Album Version)
06:14
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Fela (Album Version)
05:33
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Mamoriri (Album Version)
04:21
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Chileshe
06:17
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Ziph' Nkomo
06:44
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Vasco Da Gama (The Sailor Man)
04:21
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Stimela (The Coal Train)
10:00
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Ha Le Se (The Dowry Song)
05:41
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Ntyilo Ntyilo (The Love Bird)
05:57
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Marketplace
05:31
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Nomali
08:58
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Lady
07:02
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Grazin' in the Grass
03:30
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Mandela (Bring Him Back Home!)
05:12
Deezer
Like
24
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Uptownship
04:53
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Abangoma (The Healers)
05:03
Deezer
Like
54
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Enganjyani (feat. Hugh Masekela)
05:21
Deezer
Like
176
Track artwork
Joy Denalane
Im Ghetto von Soweto (Auntie's House) (Album Version)
05:25
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
JHB
04:33
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Stimela (Coal Train) (Album Version)
06:28
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Been Such A Long Time Gone (Album Version)
03:59
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Languta
04:49
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Grazing In The Grass
02:37
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Up Up And Away
05:32
Deezer
Like
147
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Child Of The Earth
04:42
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Mama (Metro Area Birthday Dub)
05:46
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Colonial Man
05:02
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Ade
03:46
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
The Boy's Doin' It
03:59
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Sechaba
02:55
Deezer
Like
121
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Sarafina!
02:40
Deezer
Like
155
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Nomali
07:21
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Maseru
07:07
Deezer
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
The Big Apple
07:53
Deezer
Like
12
Track artwork
Hugh Masekela
Don't Go Lose It Baby
06:51
Deezer

Photos

ZAJohannesburg, South Africa
In operation since: 
1956

Contact

+27828818565
Josh Georgiou
Profile added by DJ Okapi on 28 May 2014
Advert
Sunday, 25th April