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Hugh Ramapolo Masekela [note 1] 4 April — 23 January  was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornistcornetistsinger and composer who has been described as "the father of South African jazz Hugh Masekela - Liberation - The Best Of Hugh Masekela . Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as " Soweto Blues " and " Bring Him Back Home ".
He also had a number-one US pop hit in with his version of " Grazing in the Grass ". Masekela was born in the township of KwaGuqa in Witbank to Thomas Selena Masekela, who was a health inspector and sculptor and his wife, Pauline Bowers Masekela, a social worker. As a child, he began singing and playing piano and was largely raised by his grandmother, who ran an illegal bar for miners.
His first trumpet was bought for him from a local music store by Archbishop Trevor Huddleston the anti-apartheid chaplain at St. Peter's Secondary School now known as St. Martin's School Rosettenville. Soon, some of his schoolmates also became interested in playing instruments, leading to the formation of the Huddleston Jazz Band, South Africa's first youth orchestra.
FromMasekela played music that closely reflected his life experience. The agony, conflict, and exploitation South Africa faced during the s and s inspired and influenced him to make music and also spread political change. He was an artist who in his music vividly portrayed the struggles and sorrows, as well as the joys and passions of his country. His music protested about apartheidslaverygovernment; the hardships individuals were living.
Masekela reached a large population that also felt oppressed due to the country's situation. The musical later went to London's West End for two years. They performed to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late to early Following the 21 March Sharpeville massacre —where 69 protestors were shot dead in Sharpevilleand the South African government banned gatherings of ten or more people—and the increased brutality of the Apartheid state, Masekela left the country.
He had hits in the United States with the pop jazz tunes " Up, Hugh Masekela - Liberation - The Best Of Hugh Masekela and Away " and the number-one smash " Grazing in the Grass "which sold four million copies. InMasekela and friend Stewart Levine organised the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa set around the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match.
InMasekela released the album Techno Bush ; from that album, a single entitled "Don't Go Lose It Baby" peaked at number two for two weeks on the dance charts. The song became enormously popular, and turned into an unofficial anthem of the anti-apartheid movement and an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. A renewed interest in his African roots led Masekela to collaborate with West and Central African musicians, and finally to reconnect with Southern African players when he set up with the help of Jive Records a mobile studio King of Raunch (Live) - Rictus Grin - Townies Botswanajust over the South African border, from to Here he re-absorbed and re-used mbaqanga strains, a style he continued to use following his return to South Africa in the early s.
Masekela taught the jazz course at the first workshop, and performed at the final concert. Also in the s, Masekela toured with Paul Simon in support of Simon's Gotta Get Some - Various - Songs We Taught The Fuzztones Gracelandwhich featured other South African artists such as Ladysmith Black MambazoMiriam MakebaRay Phiriand other elements of the band Kalahariwhich was co-founded by guitarist Banjo Mosele and which backed Masekela in the s.
Inhe was featured in the documentary film Amandla! Michael Cheers,  which detailed Masekela's struggles against apartheid in his homeland, as well as his personal struggles with alcoholism from the late s to the s. In Masekela was described by Michael A. It includes some songs he wrote in the s but never completed, as well as a reinterpretation of "The Joke of Life Brinca de Vivre ", which he recorded in the mids.
From Octoberhe was a board member of the Woyome Foundation for Africa. The series focused on Hugh's and Selema's travels through South Africa. Hugh brought his son to the places he grew up.
It was Selema's first trip to his father's homeland. Inat Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim performed together for the first time in 60 years, reuniting the Jazz Epistles in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the historic Knives Out - Radiohead - The Best Of June youth demonstrations.
Masekela was involved in several social initiatives, and served as a director on the board of the Lunchbox Funda non-profit organization that provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto. From to he was married to singer and activist Miriam Makeba. Masekela died in Johannesburg on the early morning of 23 January from prostate canceraged Masekela was honoured with a Google Doodle on 4 Aprilwhich would have been Hugh Masekela - Liberation - The Best Of Hugh Masekela 80th birthday.
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