BD&P World Music Series – Hugh Masekela


Where: EPCOR Centre - Jack Singer Concert Hall

Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is an innovator in the international jazz music scene and continues to tour the world as a performer, composer, producer and activist.  This artist is perhaps best known for his Grammy nominated hit single Grazing in the Grass which sold over 4 million copies in 1968 and made him an international star. Maseketa played an integral role in Paul Simon’s tour behind the classic album Graceland, which was one of the first pop records to introduce world music to the broader public.  Masekela’s work as an activist raised an international awareness of the South African government’s restrictive Apartheid policies and in the 1980’s, Masekela’s hit song, Bring Him Back Home, became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement. Masekela played at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa and in February 2011 he joined U2 on stage in Johannesburg to a crowd of almost 100,000. Articulate and brilliantly musical, Hugh Masekela had been a defining force in world music and the struggle for human rights in Africa and around the world.

By Invitation only.