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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
Growth: Jazz in Africa
1958-1959 Orchestra for Todd Matshikiza's
Formed The Jazz Epistles: Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Kippie Moeketsi, Jonas Gwangwa, Makhaya Ntshoko, Johnny Gertze, and Masekela
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
1968 "Grazing in the Grass"
Career: 1970s on
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
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
“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are..."