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Hugh Masekela

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from his recording career, including his work with the Jazz Epistles and his records with Dudu Pukwana.

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela joined Alyn Shipton to discuss his finest recordings.

For Hugh Masekela, jazz and political activism go hand in hand. As he guides Alyn Shipton through his recording career, we hear of his first band, the Jazz Epistles, cruelly cut short when the Sharpeville Massacre led to large public gatherings being banned on the eve of its first national tour. We follow him to London and New York, with his early American album Grrrr! and his London session Music Is Where The Heart Is with revolutionary saxophonist Dudu Pukwana. Hugh then traces his career as an exile through discs made in New York, and in Botswana, where he recorded during the years he was unable to enter South Africa. His music blends jazz and Afro-Pop, using the characteristic sounds of South African choirs and voices as essential ingredients alongside his distinctive trumpet and flugelhorn playing, creating music that always evokes his homeland, but never loses touch with the African-American jazz that inspired his vision of freedom.

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Sun 7 Nov 2010 00:00

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  • Hugh Masekela

    Grazing In The Grass

    Composer: Elston / Hou Performers: Hugh Masekela, tp; Khaya Mahlangu, as, fl; John Selolwane, g; Arthur Tshabalala, O. Moiloa, kb; Lucas Senyatso, b; Dumisani Hlela, d. 1968.

    • Greatest Hits.
    • Sony Jazz.
    • 498266-2.
  • Jazz Epistles

    Blues For Huey

    Composer: Moeketsie Performers: Hugh Masekela, t, Jonas Gwangwa, tb, and Kippie Moeketsie, as; Abdullah Ibrahim, p; Johnny Gertze, b; Makaya Ntshoko, d. Johannesburg, Jan 1960.

    • Jazz In Africa, Vol. 1.
    • Camden.
    • CDN 1004.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Ntjilo Ntjilo

    Composer: Makeba Performers: Hugh Masekela, tp; Larry Willis, piano, Hal Dodson b; Henry Jenkins, drums. New York, Apr-May 1965.

    • Grrr.
    • Mercury.
    • MG 21109.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Part Of A Whole

    Composer: Semenya Performers: Hugh Masekela, tp; Dudu Pukwana, as; Larry Willis, p; Eddie Gomez, b; Makaya Ntshoko, d. London, 1972.

    • Home is Where the Music Is.
    • Verve.
    • 0602517686830.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Stimela

    Composer: Masekela Performers: Hugh Masekela, tp; Khaya Mhlangu, as, fl; John Seloiwano, g; Arthur Tshabalala, O. Moiloa, kb; Lucas Senyatso, b; Dumisani Hlela, d.

    • Greatest Hits.
    • Sony Jazz.
    • 498266-2.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Uptownship

    Composer: Masekela Performers: Hugh Masekela, fh; Morris Goldberg, as, penny whistle; John Selolwane, g; Rico Tyler, Tony Cedras, kb; Mbongeni Ngema, org; Bakithi Kumalo, b; Sipho Kunene, d; Francis Fuster, perc; New York City, 1988.

    • Uptownship.
    • Novus.
    • PD 83070.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Don't Go Lose It Baby

    Composer: Masekela Botswana, 1984.

    • Liberation: The Best Of Hugh Masekela.
    • Jive.
    • 0523592.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Thanayi

    Composer: Masekela Performers: Hugh Masekela, fh, voc; Don Laka, Arthur Tshabalala, kb; Fana Zulu, b; Kenny Matha, g; Family Factory, voc; Vusi Khumalo, d. 2000.

    • Greatest Hits.
    • Sony.
    • 498266-2.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Strawberries

    Composer: Masekela: Performers: Hugh Masekela, fh; Don Laka, kb, d, perc, b; Kenny Mathaba, John Sololwane, g; Children from Mmabana Centre, Mafeking. 1997.

    • Black To The future.
    • Sony.
    • 489477.
  • Hugh Masekela

    Father of Our Nation

    Composer: Samson / Masekela Performers: Hugh Masekela, fh; Lawrence Matchiza, g; Themba Mkhize, kb, b; Peter Sklar, b; Cedric Samson, d; B G Singers, voc. 1995.

    • Notes Of Life.
    • Columbia.
    • 484450-2.

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