Assupol Presents Hugh Masekela Live Township Tour

Assupol Presents the Legendary Hugh Masekela’s Township Tour

House Of Masekela
Press Release

Celebrated trumpeter and world-class artist Hugh Masekela will, this December, bring his music home to the very humble beginnings that shaped his upbringing and gave rise to his musical career.

In partnership with Assupol, one of South Africa’s oldest insurance companies, the award-winning artist will kick off his regional township tour with two concerts, featuring music from his brand new release, “Playing @ Work”, as well as the old favourites that he’s famous for.

On 9 December Masekela kicks off this musical extravaganza at the 3 Square Grounds, Alexandra. This performance marks a very important and sentimental moment in Masekela’s career.

“It fills my heart with such heavy emotion to be taking my music back to where it started. There’s a lot of historical significance to this. Music was the life and soul of the townships. It gave people hope and an avenue to express themselves and address socio-political ills of the time. Music was everything,” says Masekela.

Although he was born in Witbank, Bra Hugh spent his formative years in Alex, and this is where he discovered his love for music and began his association with Archbishop Trevor Huddleston. After 50 years touring the world’s stages, Sun 9 December will mark the first time that this international icon has performed in his childhood stomping ground. It will be a momentous occasion indeed.

Following the Alex performance, Masekela will move on to Soweto, where he will perform at the historic Soweto Cricket Oval in Rockville on Sunday 16 December.

Assupol Marketing Executive, Velmah Nzembela says the fact that Masekela’s music still resonates in South Africa and around the world after more than 50 years is a sign of its resilience and his ability to adapt to changing times.

Hugh Masekela’s music and persona serve as bridge between the generation that imbibed mbaqanga and kwela music in yesteryear and the current one that feeds on Afro-pop and African language hip-hop.

Nzembela adds that Assupol sees this collaboration as a beginning of its drive to deepen the brand in communities where its policyholders are found. “What better way to do this than to use the universal language of music by an icon of Masekela’s stature.

Bra Hugh will be joined on stage by two of his protégés at both concerts, namely Pu2Ma and the Complete Vocal Quartet – as well as support artists Condry Ziqubu in Alexandra and Khaya Mahlangu in Soweto.

Both township dates promise to be fun-filled family occasions with proceedings kicking off at 13h00 – and picnic baskets, blankets and dancing under the sun will be the order of the day.

Tickets are R120 presale, and R150 at the gate and are available from Computicket[], Shoprite and Checkers.

This concert is made possible by Assupol and supported by Soweto TV, Alex FM and Jozi FM.