Stream the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation Festival this January Assupol and The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation celebrate Bra Hugh’s cultural legacy with an online festival that you can stream online on Sunday, 23 January at 20:00 CAT via    An eclectic mix of hits and Masekela bits.  The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation Festival will … Read more

STIMELA – A Hugh Masekela Exhibition by Brett Rubin

The seminal Hugh Masekela song Stimela (The Coal Train) forms the basis of this posthumous exhibition celebrating the life and works of Hugh Masekela. Stimela, with its stark and visceral lyrics is one of the pinnacles of Masekela’s contribution to South African music and culture, and according to Andries Bezuidenhout, a professor of developmental studies … Read more


Assupol & The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation present The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 2020 Online. Sunday 13th December. On “My biggest obsession is to show Africans, and the world, who the people of Africa really are” – Hugh Masekela   In the midst of the COVID 19 storm, a musical and cultural oasis of relief, the … Read more


Bra Hugh’s Thuma Mina calls to We, The People of South Africa Hugh Masekela’s Thuma Mina – (Send Me) – The People’s Version will be released across all digital platforms on Friday, September 11, in Heritage month.  Thuma Mina is a call to the people of South Africa to stand up collectively for change.    In the song Thuma Mina (Send Me), … Read more

Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship

Photograph by Brett Rubin

 The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, Manhattan School of Music and The ELMA Music Foundation  announce  The Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship Through this partnership, Manhattan School of Music will provide full scholarships to six South African music students enabling them to pursue Bachelor of Music degrees at MSM, Hugh Masekela’s alma mater. April 3 2019, Johannesburg – … Read more

A Celebration of a Life Well Lived

Public Memorials:

Hugh Masekela Heritage Park: Zoo Lake, Parkview, Johannesburg from Friday, 26 January to Thursday 1 February, 2018. Open daily from 10h00 to 18h00.

Heitada Alex! – Going Home: Sankopano Community Centre, Corner 12th Ave & Selborne St, Alexandra, Johannesburg on Friday, 26 January 2018 at 13h00.

Hugh Masekela Musical Memorial:University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus, Chris Hani Rd, Soweto on Sunday, 28 January 2018 at 12h00 –
The final public tribute to Masekela, the event is a musical celebration of this legends life, featuring a range of artists he collaborated with, influenced and loved.