Hugh Masekela in Toronto

The reigning king of African jazz-funk, Hugh Masekela, held court at Koerner Hall in Toronto on Saturday night.

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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

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“I know it’s cold out there, Boston,” Masekela said during a song, riling up the audience. “But don’t bring it in here. I’ve seen you at those sports games. I know you’re a noisy crowd.”

Hugh Masekela Live

For the main performance Masekela was joined on stage by Francis Manneh Fuster, percussion; Abednigo “Fana” Zulu, bass; Randall Skippers, keyboards; Lee-Roy Sauls, drums; and Cameron John Ward, guitar. Masekela performed a mix of old favorites and music from his most recent album Phola.