Hugh Masakela

Still Grazing: An Introduction to Hugh Masekela

Born April 4, 1939, trumpeter, composer and bandleader Hugh Masekela was one of South Africa’s greatest cultural and musical exports, a man equally adept at commercializing the swirl of jazz and creating strident music that inspired a generation or two of the South African anti-apartheid movement. He was a man who could play a song of his own that hit No. 1 on international charts and also explore the incredible depth of Zulu mbaqanga music, sometimes in the same concert.