Hugh Masekela’s trumpet becomes a mining drill in “Songs of Migration,” the tuneful, quietly stirring musical tribute running through this Saturday at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.
Songs of Migration International Tour: Amsterdam, London, Washington DC and Cape Town House of Masekela Press Release Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo and the multi-talented cast of the acclaimed Songs of Migration kicked off their international tour last weekend at the Royal Theatre Carre in Amsterdam. Songs of Migration is a musical tribute to the cultural … Read more
Hugh Masekela Joins Paul Simon in London to Kick off the Graceland Tour! Photograph: Jim Dyson/Getty Images Twenty five years after Hugh Masekela first collaborated with Paul Simon and now legendary SA musicians like Miriam Makeba and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the Graceland album and subsequent tour – the two icons reunited on a Hyde … Read more
Africa Review By Billie Odidi Born out of South Africa’s apartheid system, Hugh Masekela was an early entrant into the world of trumpets and drumbeats; benefiting immensely from some of the best musical experiences of the world. His first trumpet was a gift from Louis Armstrong; Harry Belafonte facilitated his flight to New York where … Read more
Globe and Mail By J.D. Considine In the 42 years since he became an international sensation through Grazing in the Grass, Hugh Masekela has played many roles, from the strictly musical to the overtly political. Here are a few of the parts he played at the end of his North American tour Saturday. The Polemicist … Read more
“We’re coming there to play and make people happy,” concludes Masekela. “They dance their asses off at our shows.”
The Guardian By Simon Jenkins The last time I heard the trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela was at a New Year’s Eve party in 1990 on the slopes of Table Mountain. Nelson Mandela had recently been released and Masekela had returned from exile. The hot night air blew in from False Bay, and conversation crackled … Read more