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Hugh Masekela

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Nathan Goyette

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of Hugh Masekela

Expands Jazz vocabulary by incorporating World Music

Unique playing style incorporating both expressive and virtuosic elements; ability to adapt playing

Use of music as an expression of culture and peace
Hugh Masekela
Growth: Jazz in Africa
1958-1959 Orchestra for Todd Matshikiza's
King Kong

Formed The Jazz Epistles: Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Kippie Moeketsi, Jonas Gwangwa, Makhaya Ntshoko, Johnny Gertze, and Masekela

Career: 1960s
1960 - Leaves Africa for London´s Guildhall School of Music and then Manhattan School of Music

Develops unique style with the help of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong

1963 debut
Trumpet Africaine

1968 "Grazing in the Grass"

Career: 1970s on
1972 -
Home Is Where the Music Is

1973 - Meets Fela Kuti and begins to record and write more music with African influences (songs like Languta and the album
I Am Not Afraid

Continuing to this day, Masekela works with a myriad of musicians from Fela Kuti to Paul Simon and releases solo material
Humanitarian Efforts:
1981 - Establishes the Botswana International School of Music with Dr. Khabi Mngoma
Current Director of The Lunchbox Fund
Heritage restoration in Africa advocate

The Order of Ikhamanga (South Africa)
Lifetime Achievement award (World Music Expo)
Nominations and other honors from BBC Radio to the Grammys
Roots: Early Life
South Africa - April 4,1939

Picked up Trumpet at age 14 after seeing
Young Man With A Horn

Father Trevor Huddleston - Huddleston Jazz Band
Works Cited


“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are..."
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