Legendary South African Trumpeter Hugh Masekela at The Triple Door
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The last date listed for Hugh Masekela was Thursday March 10, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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“One of the most thrilling live performers around.” —Rolling Stone
“Masekela…was both joyous and reflective.” —The Washington Post
“…a musician of phenomenal grace and power: intricate and fiery on flugelhorn and still blessed with a voice that can strip the leaves from the trees.” -_-The Independent _
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Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is an innovator in the world music and jazz scene and is active as a performer, composer, producer and activist. This iconic artist is best known for his integral role in Paul Simon’s tour behind the classic album Graceland. Masekela’s Grammy award-winning hit Grazing in the Grass sold over 4 million copies and made him an international star. He has collaborated with numerous artists in the USA, Africa and Europe including Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte and Herb Albert. Renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey chose a piece by Masekela to create a work for his world famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Masekela also co-created the Broadway smash musical Sarafina that introduced the sounds and passion of South African music to theater audiences worldwide.
Masekela’s work as an activist raised international awareness of the South African government’s restrictive Apartheid policies. In the 80s, Masekela’s hit song Bring Him Back Home became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement.
Masekela celebrated his 70th birthday in a highly acclaimed performance with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2009. This past April he received The Order of Ikhamanga from South African President Jacob Zuma, his nation’s highest civilian honor. At this year’s World Cup, Masekela appeared in the live opening ceremony broadcast worldwide. As part of ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup, Masekela and his son Selema hosted a series of videos entitled “Umlando-Through My Father’s Eyes”. These moving tributes to South Africa celebrated the diversity of its music, culture and people. Articulate and brilliantly musical in a number of genres, Hugh Masekela has been a defining force in world music and the struggle for human rights both in Africa and around the world.