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R.I.P. Hugh Masekela

Ramapolo Hugh Masekela passed away Jan. 23, 2018, after a long battle with cancer, in Johannesburg..
Hugh has been a larger-than-life presence in the world of global music.
It has been said that Hugh packed many lives into his 78 years. Anyone who has read his gripping memoir Still Grazing (2004) knows that this is true. The lives go on and on: his participation in the landmark Jazz Epistles recording with Kippie Moeketsi and Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) in 1959; his 30 years in exile (1960-90) rubbing shoulders with Fela Kuti, Hedzoleh Soundz from Ghana, Dizzy Gillespie, Belafonte and, yes, Herb Alpert; his key role in organizing a music festival for the Ali-Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” extravaganza in Kinshasa in 1974, his epic reputation as champion partyer and his subsequent sobriety post-apartheid; Graceland; Mandela; his return to South Africa after 30 years and his championing of young musicians there through his Chissa Records label… So many lives.

Today we are featuring just few of his music pieces out of vast life opus, either by him or in collaboration with other musicians, amongst latest Soweto Blues with Miriam Makeba.

Hugh Masekela – Heaven In You ft. J’Something
Hugh Masekela Sekunjalo (vocal version) (1992)
Hugh Masekela & the Union of South Africa – Hush (Somebody’s Calling My Name)
Hugh Masekela – One Of These Days
Hugh Masekela – Stepping out
Hugh Masekela – Iph Indlela
Hugh Masekela – Tonight, Tonight, Tonight ft. Khanyo
Hugh Masekela — Make Me A Potion
Hugh Masekela – Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh – Ahvuomo
Hugh Masekela – Stimela (Coal Train)
Hugh Masekela – Grazing In The Grass
Hugh Masekela – Thanayi
Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby ft. Dice Makgothi
Hugh Masekela & Letta Mbulu – Macongo
Miriam Makeba & Hugh Masekela – Soweto Blues
Hugh Masekela – Maesha – Home Is Where the Music Is
Hugh Masekela – Pula Ea Na(It’s Raining)
Hugh Masekela – Chileshe
Hugh Masekela – Tapera ft. Oliver Mtukudzi
Hugh Masekela and Fela Anikulapo Kuti Lady
Hugh Masekela – Congo Women ft. Tresor, Dice Makgothi, Kabomo
Hugh Masekela – Open The Door