Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

Real Name:
Hugh Ramopolo Masekela
Hugh Masekela (born Johannesburg, April 4, 1939) is a South African flugelhorn and cornet player. In 1961, as part of the anti-apartheid campaign, he was exiled to the United States where he was befriended by Harry Belafonte. He has played primarily in jazz ensembles, with guest appearances on albums by The Byrds and Paul Simon. In 1987, he had a hit single with "Bring Him Back Home" which became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. After apartheid ended, Masekela returned to South Africa where he now lives.

Hugh Masekela was an old collaborator of Abdullah Ibrahim. He is reported to have been initially inspired in his musical growth by Trevor Huddleston, a British priest working in the South African townships who financed Masekela's first trumpet. Masekela played his way through the vibrant Sophiatown scene with The Jazz Epistles and to Britain with King Kong, to find himself in New York in the early 1960s. He had hits in the United States with the pop jazz tunes "Up, Up and Away" and the number one smash "Grazin' in the Grass".

A renewed interest in his African roots led him to collaborate with West and Central African musicians, and finally to reconnect with South African players when he set up a mobile studio in Botswana, just over the South African border, in the 1980s. 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.
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Hugh Masekela Discography


MG20797 Hugh Masekela Trumpet Africaine (Album) Mercury MG20797 US 1962 Sell This Version
E-4372 Hugh Masekela The Americanization Of Ooga Booga (Album) MGM Records E-4372 US 1965 Sell This Version
SR 61109 Hugh Masekela Grrr (Album) Mercury SR 61109 US 1966 Sell This Version
E4415 Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela's Next Album (Album) MGM Records E4415 US 1966 Sell This Version
73007 Hugh Masekela The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela (Album) UNI Records 73007 US 1966 Sell This Version
3010 Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela's Latest (Album) UNI Records 3010 US 1967 Sell This Version
73015 Hugh Masekela Is Alive And Well At The Whisky (Album) UNI Records 73015 US 1967 Sell This Version
73028 Hugh Masekela The Promise Of A Future (Album) UNI Records 73028 US 1968 Sell This Version
SE-4468 Hugh Masekela The Lasting Impression Of Hugh Masekela (Album) MGM Records SE-4468 US 1968 Sell This Version
73041 Hugh Masekela Masekela (Album) UNI Records 73041 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
CS 803 Hugh Masekela Reconstruction (Album) Chisa Records, Inc. CS 803 US 1970 Sell This Version
BTS 6003 Hugh Masekela Home Is Where The Music Is (Album) Blue Thumb Records BTS 6003 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTS 62 Masekela* Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz Masekela* Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz - Masekela Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz (Album) Blue Thumb Records BTS 62 US 1973 Sell This Version
BTS 6015 Masekela* I Am Not Afraid (Album) Blue Thumb Records BTS 6015 US 1974 Sell This Version
CBC 4005 Masekela* The Boy's Doin' It (Album) Casablanca CBC 4005 UK 1975 Sell This Version
NBLP 7036 Masekela* Melody Maker (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7036 US 1976 Sell This Version
NBLP 7023 Masekela* Colonial Man (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7023 US 1976 Sell This Version
NBL5-7079 Hugh Masekela You Told Your Mama Not To Worry (Album) Casablanca NBL5-7079 US 1977 Sell This Version
UPF-195 Hugh Masekela Grazing In The Grass(LP) Upfront Records (3) UPF-195 USA & Canada 1977 Sell This Version
SALAM-120 Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela - Main Event Live (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records, A&M Records SALAM-120 Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
SP-728 Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela - Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela (Album) A&M Records, Horizon Records & Tapes SP-728 US 1977 Sell This Version
TEAG 3301 Hugh Masekela Live In Lesotho(LP) 3rd Ear Music Company TEAG 3301 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
SHINE 5574 Hugh Masekela Home(LP, Album) Moonshine Records SHINE 5574 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
TSA 1003 Hugh Masekela / Orchestre Jazira / Julian Bahula Hugh Masekela / Orchestre Jazira / Julian Bahula - African Sounds For Mandela(LP) Tsafrika Records TSA 1003 UK 1983 Sell This Version
VUC 1001 Hugh Masekela Working For A Dollar Bill(LP, Album) Vuka Afrika VUC 1001 UK 1983 Sell This Version