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Hugh Masekela; two times Grammy awarded artist is Africa´s most important jazz and world musician

Hugh Masekela

The Hugh Masekela story is a long and exciting one: the two times Grammy awarded artist is Africa´s most important jazz and world musician. He has covered the globe and played with just about every top star you can think of. Hugh Masekela wrote a number of international hits and sold several million CDs. He even topped “Jumping Jack Flash” by the Rolling Stones with “Grazing in the Grass” in the US charts. Another very popular song of Hugh Masekela called “Bring Him Back Home” became the anthem for Nelson Mandala’s world tour following his release from prison. Some of Hugh Masekela´s activities are a while ago … but he is still making history:

In 2010 he opened both – the Kick off Concert and the opening ceremony of the World Cup in South Africa – a worldwide TV event. His touring schedule was massive and included major festivals and venues like the Carnegie Hall, NY and the Royal Festival Hall in London or the Mela Festival in Oslo, where he performed in front of 80 000 people. 

The première of “Celebrate Mama Afrika” in Europe – Hugh Masekela ´s musical tribute to Miriam Makeba – was a huge success. His musical “Songs of Migration” was extremely successful in South Africa and will now also come to Europe and the USA.

In 2011 Hugh Masekela caused maximum surprise when he joined U2 on stage in one of the biggest concerts U2 ever played. More than 98 000 people celebrated Hugh Masekela in Johannesburg when Bono called him to join them on their hit “I Still haven´t Found What I´m Looking For”.  Hugh Masekela highlighted another series of festivals all over the world and played the Hollywood Bowl together with Wynton Marsalis. He was awarded by the Etnosur Festival in Spain and received  the WOMEX 11 Award for Artists on 30 October in Copenhagen.

Hugh Masekela started 2012 with a concert for Her Majesty The Queen in Westminster Abbey. He toured around the globe with his band, opened the WOMAD festival in the UK in it´s 30iest edition and joined Paul Simon on the Graceland Revival tour.

In 2013 Hugh Masekela will be touring with his band again. A few days in the touring calendar are reserved for the “Hugh Masekela´s Celebrate Mama Afrika” show. And finally he will also be on the road together with Larry Willis, with whom he recorded a 4 CD Box in his recording studio “House of Masekela” in South Africa.

“The man with the horn” is a living legend, a genius musician and great performer who is even getting better in his “old days”. And wherever Hugh Masekela plays – no matter if it is a world or jazz or pop festival  – no matter in which part of the world – Hugh Masekela and his great band fascinate their audience as they simply play contemporary South African music at it´s best.