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 Hugh Masekela - King Kong - All African Jazz Opera album art Todd Matshikiza / Pat Williams, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela Todd Matshikiza / Pat Williams, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela - King Kong - All African Jazz Opera (Album) Gallotone GALP 1040 South Africa 1961 Sell This Version
SR60797 Hugh Masekela - Trumpet Africaine album art Hugh Masekela Trumpet Africaine (Album) Mercury SR60797 US 1962 Sell This Version
E-4372 Hugh Masekela - The Americanization Of Ooga Booga album art Hugh Masekela The Americanization Of Ooga Booga (Album) MGM Records E-4372 US 1965 Sell This Version
73007 Hugh Masekela - The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela album art Hugh Masekela The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela (Album) UNI Records 73007 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
SR 61109 Hugh Masekela - Grrr album art Hugh Masekela Grrr (Album) Mercury SR 61109 US 1966 Sell This Version
E4415 Hugh Masekela - Hugh Masekela's Next Album album art Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela's Next Album (Album) MGM Records E4415 US 1966 Sell This Version
73010 Hugh Masekela - Hugh Masekela's Latest album art Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela's Latest (Album, MiniAlbum) UNI Records 73010 US 1967 Sell This Version
73015 Hugh Masekela - Is Alive And Well At The Whisky album art 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 art 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 art Hugh Masekela The Lasting Impression Of Hugh Masekela (Album) MGM Records SE-4468 US 1968 Sell This Version
73041 Hugh Masekela - Masekela album art Hugh Masekela Masekela (Album) UNI Records 73041 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
CS 803 Hugh Masekela - Reconstruction album art Hugh Masekela Reconstruction (Album) Chisa Records CS 803 US 1970 Sell This Version
BTS 6003 Hugh Masekela - Home Is Where The Music Is album art Hugh Masekela Home Is Where The Music Is (Album) Blue Thumb Records BTS 6003 US 1972 Sell This Version
BTS 62 Hugh Masekela - Masekela Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz album art 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 Hugh Masekela - I Am Not Afraid album art Masekela* I Am Not Afraid (Album) Blue Thumb Records BTS 6015 US 1974 Sell This Version
NBLP 7017 Hugh Masekela - The Boy's Doin' It album art Masekela* The Boy's Doin' It (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7017 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
NBLP 7036 Hugh Masekela - Melody Maker album art Masekela* Melody Maker (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7036 US 1976 Sell This Version
NBLP 7023 Hugh Masekela - Colonial Man album art Masekela* Colonial Man (Album) Casablanca NBLP 7023 US 1976 Sell This Version
NBL5-7079 Hugh Masekela - You Told Your Mama Not To Worry album art 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 album art Hugh Masekela Grazing In The Grass(LP) Upfront Records (3) UPF-195 USA & Canada 1977 Sell This Version
8T-728 Hugh Masekela - Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela album art 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
SLAM-120 Hugh Masekela - Main Event Live album art 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
ML 4471 Hugh Masekela - The African Connection album art Hugh Masekela The African Connection(LP, Album) MCA Records ML 4471 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
TEAG 3301 Hugh Masekela - Live In Lesotho album art Hugh Masekela Live In Lesotho (Album) Down South Records (6), Down South Records (6) TEAG 3301 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
SHINE 5574 Hugh Masekela - Home album art Hugh Masekela Home (Album) Moonshine (4) SHINE 5574 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version