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Bra Hugh Masekela Nominated For a Grammy


Bra Hugh Masekela Nominated For a Grammy
Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Kanye West earn six nods apiece

Rolling Stone

Legendary South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela has been nominated for a Grammy for his 2010 album Jabulani in the best world music category.

The Black Keys scored five nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Wednesday night, and singer Dan Auerbach earned a sixth, putting him among a crowded field of artists with six nods each, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and fun.

It’s a strong showing for the Black Keys, who released their seventh album, El Camino, last December. The duo’s LP is up for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album, while their song “Lonely Boy” is nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Auerbach is also nominated for non-classical Producer of the Year for his work on El Camino and albums by Dr. John and Hacienda.

New York indie-pop band fun. and R&B singer Ocean will face off against the Keys with nominations for Record of the Year and Album of the Year, and against each other for Best New Artist, where Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers and Hunter Hayes are also contenders. Mumford & Sons’ Babel and Jack White’s Blunderbuss round out the Album of the Year contenders, along with fun.’s Some Nights and Ocean’s Channel Orange.

Along with Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” and fun.’s “We Are Young,” the other nominees for Record of the Year, an artist’s award, are Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” “We Are Young” and “Stronger” are also nominated for Song of the Year, a songwriter’s award. They’ll vie against Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call MeMaybe,” Miguel’s “Adorn” and Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.”

Jay-Z and West’s 2011 album Watch the Throne yielded nominations in Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “N***as in Paris,” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” (which accounts for another of Ocean’s nods). West will compete against himself in Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance: his song “Mercy” is nominated in each.

Along with El Camino, the other Best Rock Album nominees are Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, Muse’s The 2nd Law, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball and White’s Blunderbuss. Springsteen and White earned three nominations each.

The nominees were announced on Wednesday night during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live in Nashville, where the Who, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and fun. performed. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on February 10th, 2013. Nominees in the major categories are below. The full list is at

Album of the Year

El Camino – The Black Keys

Some Nights – Fun.

Babel – Mumford & Sons

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Blunderbuss – Jack White

Record of the Year

“Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson

“We Are Young” – Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe

“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye, featuring Kimbra

“Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes


Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Song of the Year

“The A Team” – Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)

“Adorn” – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

“Call Me Maybe” – Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen and Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin and Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

“We Are Young” – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe)

Jabulani Grammy Nomination


Hugh Masekela Nominated for a Grammy® –
“Best World Music” Category for his 2010 Album “Jabulani”

Press Release

Legendary Jazz-Icon Hugh Masekela has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best World Music Album” category for the album “Jabulani”- Produced and arranged by Don Laka,& released through the Gallo Record Company label in South Africa and Razor & Tie Records in the USA.

The critically acclaimed release “Jabulani” was recorded in Johannesburg in 2010, and features a selection of traditional African weddings songs that were re-interpreted by Masekela, and includes the hit single and video “Sossie” as well as the live favourite “Makoti”.

It has been over 30 years since Masekela received his first Grammy® nomination for “Grazin’ In The Grass” in 1968.

“Wow! This is most unexpected, – I’m baffled and humbled at the same time” says Masekela

Masekela has released 43 albums since his career began in the mid – 50’s & has recorded and performed with some of the worlds most celebrated artists including the late great Miriam Makeba, Paul Simon, U2, Fela Kuti, The Crusaders (Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper), The Byrds, The Mahotella Queens, Herb Alpert, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Manu Dibango to name a few.

Masekela is nominated alongside Amadou & Miriam, Daniel Ho, Anoushka Shankar & Ravi Shankar for “Best World Music Album” category for the 2013 Grammy® Awards to be held February 10th 2013.

Download Hugh Masekela “Jabulani” on ITunes

For further information please contact:

Artist Management:
Josh Georgiou
082 881 8565

Gallo Record Company:
Neil Greenberg
Tel: 011 280 5763

Hugh Masekela Wins Womex Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo by Chris Saunders

WOMEX 11 Artist Award

By Colin Bass

Photo by Chris Saunders

WOMEX is proud to announce the winner of the WOMEX 11 Artist Award: Hugh Masekela, the trumpet prodigy, fiery denouncer of Apartheid and Afro-jazz pioneer from South Africa.

He will perform on Sunday morning, 30 October 2011, during the WOMEX Awards Ceremony accompanied by a WOMEX Networking Breakfast, both open to WOMEX delegates only. The laudation will be offered by Francis Gay, Head of Music at WDR Funkhaus Europa in Cologne, Germany.

It’s been nearly 60 years since Hugh Masekela first picked up a trumpet, and we can all rejoice that he shows no sign of putting it down yet. It was the instrument that helped him find his voice to sound out against the injustice and suffering inflicted on millions of South Africans by apartheid and it helped him break out during those dark days to bring a musical communiqué to the rest of the world.

The emblematic figure of South African music has indeed become an elder statesman, revered and respected for his tireless championing of his country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. But, as his commitment, energy and constant quest to refine his musical language show, he is also still the young lion who pioneered new directions in South African jazz in the late ’50s, escaped to New York in the ’60s and who took the roots-flavoured hit Grazing in the Grass to the top of the US charts in 1968. Since then he’s created an impressive body of work that journeys through jazz, pop, funk, afro-beat, reggae, fusion and more, yet always retains the immediately recognizable Masekela signature. And that’s because he has never lost sight of where he’s coming from. The sounds of the townships: jive, church choirs, children’s games, gumboot dances, work-songs, marabi, kwela and the mighty mbaqanga; all these expressions of the great multi-layered cultural tapestry of South Africa provide the spiritual foundations of his art and have remained a constant motif within the music.

After a decade of living in the USA, the 70’s saw the beginning of a long journey home, moving to Guinea, Liberia and Ghana, releasing a string of albums exploring Afro-beat, jazz and soul music. In 1981 he moved to Botswana and founded a music school and a mobile recording studio, which produced the global disco hit, Don’t Go Lose it, Baby. But dark forces were still at work in South Africa and in 1985, the nefarious cross-border activities of South African Defence Force death squads prompted a retreat to England. There he recorded Bring Him Back Home, a rousing, anthemic demand for Nelson Mandela’s freedom, and set off on Paul Simon’s Graceland tour alongside Miriam Makeba and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, taking this message to millions around the world.

The inevitable collapse of the apartheid regime came with Mandela’s release in 1990 and Masekela finally returned home. Although, as a cultural spokesman and musical ambassador, his part in the struggle for freedom has been considerable, he modestly defers praise. As he has said: “The heroes of South Africa are the people who faced the guns and the tanks and sacrificed their lives for us to be free today. I think those are the people that should be praised, we don’t hear too much of them”. But it’s through culture that we can perceive the abstract truths of our humanity, and Hugh Masekela’s art is permeated with the spirit of the struggle. Today, at 72 years young, Hugh Masekela is more productive than ever. He’s still touring, recording, collaborating and educating. He is concerned with what he calls heritage restoration: the continuing necessity of changing the mindset inculcated in his people by religion and oppression over centuries that their deep cultural heritage is primitive and pagan. So, the struggle continues, and we can hope that Hugh Masekela will continue to play his considerable part in sounding out his messages of peace, pride and progress, for many years to come.

MAAPSA – Musicians & Artists Assistance Programme of South Africa


Along with his WOMEX Artist Award, Hugh Masekela will be given money to put into a project of his own choice.

After battling his own 44-year addiction, legendary South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela founded MAAPSA – Musicians & Artists Assistance Programme of South Africa. It was launched in October 1998 to raise funds, fight substance abuse, and provide support to artists and performers in need of help and guidance to overcome addiction. MAAPSA is a non-profit organisation that has assisted many leading South African entertainers, including Kabelo and Tsepo Tshola, as well as dozens of ordinary people who come from an artistic background. It offers referrals to rehabilitation treatment centres, after care, intervention, counselling, guidance lectures, and fundraising campaigns to cover treatment bills and administration salaries. MAAPSA provides free advisory services to guide those in need of help and now boasts a 70 percent successful recovery rate.

Masekela says, “The one thing that I think all musicians who have recovered from addiction of any kind have found, is that support from people who understand the specific challenges of addiction in the entertainment industry was crucial in helping them emerge into sobriety. Alcohol and drug dependence are destroying our great nation.”

Now in its 13th year, MAAPSA continues to grow from strength to strength and is now looking to partner similar international organisations.

Hugh Masekela Receives Vaal University Doctorate



Hugh Masekela was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Human Sciences at this year’s Vaal University of Technology Spring Graduation. Masekela received the doctorate at a special graduation ceremony on Thursday, 15 September, 2011.

This comes after Masekela was nominated by the university to receive an Honourary Doctorate for the role he played locally and internationally in arts and also in activism against apartheid.

Masekela who skipped the country to exile after the 1959 Sharpeville Massacre has won many awards both for his musical role and also for his anti-apartheid activism. He was recently awarded the “Order of Ikhamanga in Gold” by the current South African President, Jacob Zuma. He also had the honour of having two days, 18 and 19 March being proclaimed the “Hugh Masekela Day” by Governor De Jongh of the Virgin Islands.

Risked his musical career

Vice-chancellor and principal of Vaal University of Technology, Professor Irene Moutlana said the extraordinary role played by Masekela both musically and politically cannot be easily avoided. “This is one of the few South African musicians who risked their musical careers by spreading the message of peace, harmony and unity, and also about the conditions of apartheid in this country,” she explained.

Moutlana added that the university is pleased to be among the institutions and individuals who had the opportunity to recognize the role played by Masekela in the South African political landscape.

“Masekela is our icon and an ambassador and, therefore, we as citizens of this country are the ones who should be quick to appreciate such heroes before they get recognition elsewhere,” she said. “With this honour that we are conferring on him, we wish to inspire all youths to discover their talents and passion and also to nurture it to the heights that our celebrity has accomplished,” she added.

Hugh Masekela wins WOMEX Award for Artists 2011


World Music Network


WOMEX have announced that this year’s Award for Artists goes to Hugh Masekela, the trumpet prodigy, fiery denouncer of Apartheid and Afro-jazz pioneer from South Africa.

Since its introduction in 1999, the WOMEX Award has been honouring high points of world music on the international level. Musical excellence, social importance, commercial success, political impact, lifetime achievement – any or all of these might make one a worthy recipient. In Hugh Masekela’s case, it’s a definite ‘all’!

Masekela has had a remarkable career since he first picked up a trumpet more than half a century ago, and (thankfully) he shows no sign of putting it down. It was the instrument that helped him find his voice to sound out against the injustice and suffering inflicted on millions of South Africans by Apartheid, and it helped him break out during those dark days to bring a musical communiqué to the rest of the world. From success in the US pop charts in the 60s, through the Afro-jazz experiments of the 70s, returning to Africa and touring with Paul Simon in the 80s and on until today, he has not stopped releasing albums, touring the world and engaging in new collaborative projects. At 72 years young, to paraphrase one of his album titles, the boy’s still doin’ it!

He will perform on 30 October during the WOMEX Award Ceremony (open to WOMEX delegates only). The laudation will be offered by Francis Gay, Head of Music at WDR Funkhaus Europa in Cologne, Germany.

Hugh Masekela Day Proclaimed in the V.I.

St. John Source

Governor John P. de Jongh Jr. has proclaimed March 18 on St. Croix and March 19 on St. Thomas as “Hugh Masekela Day” in the U.S. Virgin Islands in honor of the legendary South African musician.

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, a trumpeter, flugel hornist, cornetist, composer, band leader and singer, was born April 4, 1939 in Kwa-Guqa Township, Witbank, South Africa. Throughout his career, he has created music that closely reflects his life’s experiences and vividly expresses the struggles, hardships, conflicts and sorrows of the people of South Africa, as well as the joys and passions of his country.

Masekela spent 30 years in exile for his role in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. At the start of that period, his first song, “Grazing in the Grass,” topped the U.S. charts in 1968 and sold over four million copies worldwide. In 1987, he released the hit single, “Bring Him Back Home,” which became the anthem for the movement to free former South African President Nelson Mandela.

He has performed with many of the world’s top jazz ensembles, and his life story has been featured in various South African documentary films. He has received several prestigious awards, including the African Music Legend Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2002 International Award of the Year. Among the highlights of his career, Masekela gave a critically acclaimed performance at the 2010 World Cup Kick-off concert in South Africa.

This week, there are a number of special events taking place with Masekela, including:

Thursday, March 17th, 6-7 p.m. Hugh Masekela will give a free lecture about his work as an activist, including how his music raised international awareness of apartheid. The lecture will be in the Great Hall, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix campus. The public on St. Thomas can enjoy the lecture in the ACC Building, room 142 1B and 146 1A as a video link on the UVI’s St. Thomas campus. A brief question and answer session will follow.

Masekela will also perform in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18, on St. Croix, at Island Center for the Performing Arts and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, on St. Thomas at the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

Masekela arrived in the territory on Tuesday and departs on Sunday. Governor de Jongh calls on Virgin Islanders to join him in observing Hugh Masekela Day to honor a great musician, humanitarian and civil rights activist.

Celebrating our national heroes

South Africa – The Good News
By BuaNews

Paralympian Ernst van Dyk receives the Order of Ikhamanga from President Jacob Zuma
Paralympian Ernst van Dyk receives the Order of Ikhamanga from President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday night honoured South African heroes, past and present, when he bestowed national orders on a number of outstanding individuals.

Paralympian Ernst van Dyk receives the Order of Ikhamanga from President Jacob Zuma. The National Orders are the highest honour awarded to individuals who have excelled in shaping the future of South Africa in various respects.

Among the recipients of the orders bestowed at the Presidential Guest House during a prestigious ceremony were African jazz legends Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa, African Queen of Ndebele Music Peki Nothembi Mkhwebane, paralympian Ernst van Dyk and theatre champion Winston Ntshona.

The four were all honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga which recognises excellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. Ikhamanga is derived from the Xhosa name for the Strelitzia flower.

An award was conferred on veteran journalist and former City Press editor Percy Qoboza posthumously for his contribution to journalism.

Former President Thabo Mbeki first awarded the orders in 2002 when he honoured 20 individuals from SA and abroad. It was also for the first time that the orders were presented on Freedom Day.

Zuma, who hinted that 27th April could become a permanent day for the award ceremony, said given the immense importance of the day, all South Africans could remember where they were on 27 April 1994. “It is the perfect day to reward achievement, excellence, sacrifice, patriotism and dedication,” he said.

The number of recipients has grown remarkably since the inception of the orders as Zuma awarded 32 certificates and medals during Tuesday’s ceremony.

The late struggle veteran Harry Gwala was honoured with the Order of Mendi for bravery. Zuma described Gwala as “the lion of the Midlands who fought for freedom tirelessly and with everything at his disposal until the end of his days”.

Gwala was one of the organisers of the national stay-away of workers in 1950. He was consistently listed under the Suppression of Communism Act and was later served with a two-year banning order which limited his movement to the Pietermaritzburg area.

After 1994, Gwala became a member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature and served as an ANC Chief Whip.

The Order of Mapungubwe, of the Baobab and of the Companion of OR Tambo are the highest awards bestowed by the president to citizens and eminent foreign nationals for outstanding achievements.

They were introduced in 2002 and replaced the old awards, the Orders of the Southern Cross, of Good Hope, of the Star of South Africa and of Meritorious Service, as well as the Woltemade Cross for Bravery.

Jacques Rogge who, through the International Olympic Committee turned the world of Olympics against apartheid South Africa, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou all walked away with the order of OR.

Blatter was praised for helping South Africa and Africa secure the rights to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time on the continent.

Others in the OR category included President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola, the late George Houser who was at the forefront of the civil rights and solidarity movements in the United States and Sadako Ogata as head of the United Nations delegation to the Codesa multi-party talks.

Angola became home to many politicians during the struggle for freedom in South Africa and Dos Santos is credited for assisting the ANC underground members in their fight against the apartheid regime.

Zuma said South Africa was humbled by the sacrifices made by these non-South Africans in the fight against the oppressive regime. “We were not alone in our struggle. At every moment we were joined by men and women of outstanding integrity and humanity from all over the world,” he said.

The individuals made the sacrifice knowing well that their activities were a guaranteed route to prison, added Zuma.

Other recipients last night included Phila Portian Ndwandwe, Harry Themba Gwala, Kgosi Galeshewe, G5 unit of Umkhonto Wesizwe, Makhosi Nyoka – who received the Order of Mendi for Bravery.

The Order of Ikhamanga went to Ernst van Dyk, Grant Khomo, Peki Mkhwebane, Makana Football Association, Winston Ntshona, Percy Qoboza, Jonas Gwangwa and Hugh Masekela.

The Order of Baobab was received by Malebone Luthuli, Malefu Mphathane, Imitiaz Suliman, Vincent Naidoo and James Dwane.

Sonia Bunting, Dorothy Cleminshaw, Nongolozi Mngomezulu, Jabulani Nxumalo, James Vigne and Stephen Dlamini received the Order of Luthuli.

The Order of Maphungubwe went to Monique Dahl, Douglas Stuart Butterworth and Johann Lutjeharms.

The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo was received by Vernon Berrange, George Houser, Lord Joel Joffe, Herbert and Joy Kaiser, Sadako Ogata, Joseph Sepp Blatter, President Jose Dos Santos, Issa Hayatou and Jacques Rogge.

The event, which has become an important feature on the South African calendar, was attended by various Cabinet ministers, business people and leaders of different political parties.