Hugh Masekela

Real Name:
Hugh Ramapolo Masekela
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4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018.
South African flugelhorn, trumpet 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. Primarily, he played in jazz ensembles, with guest appearances on albums by The Byrds, and Paul Simon. In 1987, his single, "Bring Him Back Home", became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. After apartheid ended, Masekela returned to South Africa.

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 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 "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.

Born: 4th April 1939, in Witbank, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Died: 23rd January 2018, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. [prostate cancer, aged 78]
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GALP 1040 King Kong - All African Jazz Opera — Hugh Masekela Todd Matshikiza / Pat Williams (7), Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela Todd Matshikiza / Pat Williams (7), Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela - King Kong - All African Jazz Opera (Album) Gallotone GALP 1040 South Africa 1961 Sell This Version
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SR60797 Trumpet Africaine — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Trumpet Africaine (Album) Mercury SR60797 US 1962 Sell This Version
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E-4372 The Americanization Of Ooga Booga — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela The Americanization Of Ooga Booga (Album) MGM Records E-4372 US 1965 Sell This Version
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SR 61109 Grrr — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Grrr (Album) Mercury SR 61109 US 1966 Sell This Version
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829-73007 The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela (Album) UNI Records 829-73007 US 1966 Sell This Version
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E4415 Hugh Masekela's Next Album — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela's Next Album (Album) MGM Records E4415 US 1966 Sell This Version
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73010 Hugh Masekela's Latest — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela's Latest (Album, MiniAlbum) UNI Records 73010 US 1967 Sell This Version
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73015 Is Alive And Well At The Whisky — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Is Alive And Well At The Whisky (Album) UNI Records 73015 US 1967 Sell This Version
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SFL-7369 The Promise Of A Future — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela The Promise Of A Future (Album) UNI Records SFL-7369 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
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SE-4468 The Lasting Impression Of Hugh Masekela — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela The Lasting Impression Of Hugh Masekela (Album) MGM Records SE-4468 US 1968 Sell This Version
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RL-56-2 Cannonball Adderley / Hugh Masekela - Group I /Jimmy Smith Bud Shank — Hugh Masekela Cannonball Adderley / Hugh Masekela - Group I / Bud Shank / Jimmy Smith Cannonball Adderley / Hugh Masekela - Group I / Bud Shank / Jimmy Smith - Cannonball Adderley / Hugh Masekela - Group I /Jimmy Smith Bud Shank(LP, Mono, Transcription) Armed Forces Radio & Television Service Station Library RL-56-2 US 1968 Sell This Version
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73041 Masekela — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Masekela (Album) UNI Records 73041 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
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CS 803 Reconstruction — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Reconstruction (Album) Chisa (2) CS 803 US 1970 Sell This Version
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BTS 6003 Home Is Where The Music Is — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Home Is Where The Music Is (Album) Blue Thumb Records BTS 6003 US 1972 Sell This Version
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BTS 62 Masekela Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz — Hugh Masekela Masekela* Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz Masekela* Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz - Masekela Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz (Album) Blue Thumb Records BTS 62 US 1973 Sell This Version
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BTS 6015 I Am Not Afraid — Hugh Masekela Masekela* I Am Not Afraid (Album) Blue Thumb Records BTS 6015 US 1974 Sell This Version
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NBLP 7017 The Boy's Doin' It — Hugh Masekela Masekela* The Boy's Doin' It (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7017 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
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NBLP 7023 Colonial Man — Hugh Masekela Masekela* Colonial Man (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7023 US 1976 Sell This Version
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NBLP 7036 Melody Maker — Hugh Masekela Masekela* Melody Maker (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7036 US 1976 Sell This Version
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NBL5-7079 You Told Your Mama Not To Worry — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela You Told Your Mama Not To Worry (Album) Casablanca NBL5-7079 US 1977 Sell This Version
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8T-728 Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela — Hugh Masekela Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela - Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela (Album) A&M Records, Horizon (3) 8T-728 US 1977 Sell This Version
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SLAM-120 Main Event Live — Hugh Masekela Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela - Main Event Live (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records, A&M Records SLAM-120 Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
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ML 4471 The African Connection — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela The African Connection(LP, Album) MCA Records ML 4471 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
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TEAG 3301 Live In Lesotho — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Live In Lesotho (Album) Down South Records (6), Down South Records (6) TEAG 3301 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
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SHINE 5574 Home — Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Home (Album) Moonshine (4) SHINE 5574 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version