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Hugh Masekela to Tour Oz

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Aug 18, 2009 Updated Apr 6, 2013

Legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela will return to Australia in October for a select series of concerts.

The tour will see Masekela perform in Bellingen, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, taking his African infused jazz rhythms to Australian audiences. Masekela will bring his flugelhorn and vocals to a blend of kwela (pennywhistle based street music), afro-beat, African township jive and jazz and will perform with an  African rhythm section as well as special guest Chris Gudu, a Zimbabwe born musician now based in NSW.

As a long-time campaigner against apartheid, Masekela spent much of his career in self imposed exile. When his struggle against apartheid saw him leave his country for 17 years Louis Armstrong sent him a trumpet, Harry Belafonte arranged for him to go to New York while Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis took him under their wings. He has toured with the likes of Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba.

Masekela's Australian tour dates;

3rd October: Bellingen - NSW Bellingen Global Carnival
6th October: Sydney - Sydney Opera House
8th October: Melbourne - Hamer Hall
11th October: Perth - Perth Concert Hall

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Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (born 4 April 1939) is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer. He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela. Early life: Masekela was born in Kwa-Guqa Township, Witbank, South Africa. He began singing and playing piano as a child. At the age of 14, after seeing the film Young Man with a Horn (in which Kirk Douglas plays a...

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On Aug 20, 2009. 1:39am
kimbo said

Was Hugh Masekela really a left-handed trumpet/flugelhorn player?
Hugh Masekela is a long-time campaigner against apartheid. I am long-time campaigner against lay-out artists who print pictures of musicians, particularly jazz musicians, back-to-front.
Why does ABC jazz (of all people who should know) accept and publish such photos?
What next? Playing tracks backwards?

On Aug 21, 2009. 10:19am
Allyson said

Thanks Kimbo
The photo was supplied by the publicist for the tour that way around. We were hesitant to change its format. Thanks for the keen eyes and we have fixed it now.

On Aug 28, 2009. 10:53am

One of the most highly respected South African musicians and one of the first that Quincy Jones calls upon when he requires a trumpeter or flugelhornist! Dont miss this amazing musician while he's here on tour.

On Sep 3, 2009. 4:04pm
Mike said


FYI ... he has played in Australia before, as I was lucky enough to see him play as part of the Eureka 150 celebrations in Ballarat in late 2005.

He was quite simply, amazing. The ticket prices are a fair bit steeper in 2009!

On Oct 3, 2009. 9:10am
Robyn said

This is NOT Hugh Masakela's debut in Australia- he toured in 2004 and performed in Ballarat for the 150 year celebration of the Eureka Stockade.
as for the picture debate
I took this picture of Masekela in December 2004 in Ballarat during his performance


On Oct 4, 2009. 5:07pm
ABC Jazz said

Thanks Robyn, we've made the correction.

On Oct 12, 2009. 10:54am
Julie said

We had the honour to see this great musician in concert last night in Perth. We were blown away by his talent and energy. (hope I am that fit at that age) A truly masterful performance. The crowd did not want to let him leave. Left us both with a huge smile on our faces. If you ever get the chance to see him live DO NOT miss it.

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