Hugh Masekela

Ten City Tour in celebration of Hugh Masekela's 75th Birthday!

Celebrating 50 years in the music industry and his 75th Birthday, legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela returns to the US on March 21, 2014 for a 10 city tour, dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela, who was a dear and close friend to Hugh. The tour includes shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago.

Masekela is joined on stage by a large crew of talented players: bassist Fana Zulu; keyboardist Randal Skippers, Abednigo Sibongiseni Zulu on bass guitar, Cameron John Ward on guitar, drummer Lee-Roy Sauls and his long time percussionist Francis Fuster. Bra Hugh will play songs that span the length of his illustrious career – hits like Grazing, Stimela (The Coal Train) Thanayi and Khawuleza along with numbers from his latest release Playing @ Work including Hugh's tribute to Bob Marley in Soul Rebel, and Bob Dylan in Its all over now Baby Blue. In the finale Hugh will perform (Bring Back) Nelson Mandela, which became the anthem in South Africa's liberation struggle.

Hugh is an innovator in the world music and jazz scene and continues to tour the world as a performer, composer, producer and activist. This iconic artist is 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. He later played an integral role in Paul Simon’s tour behind the classic album Graceland, which was one of the first pop records to introduce African music to a broader public.

April 30, 2012 marked the first International Day of Jazz, produced by the Thelonius Monk Institute and featuring concerts in Paris, New York and New Orleans. The concert at the UN General Assembly featured a who’s who of jazz giants such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis. Hugh Masekela had the honor of participating both in Paris and New York. Hugh was introduced by Michael Douglas whose father Kirk's role in the 1950 film "Young Man With A Horn" was Hugh's early inspiration. His blistering performance of Grazin’ featured none other than Stevie Wonder on the harmonica.

The soon to be released music video of It's all Over Now Baby Blue is a moving tribute to legendary South African photographer Alf Khumalo who passed away last year. Alf captured many iconic moments in South African history, including the now famous picture of a teenage Hugh Masekela jumping in the air for joy after he received a trumpet from Louis Armstrong.

Articulate and brilliantly musical in any number of genres, Hugh Masekela has been a defining force in world music, the preservation of South Africa’s musical heritage, the safety and well-being of it’s poorest citizens as well as the struggle for freedom and human rights both in Africa, and around the world.

Read Hugh Masekela's personal recollections and memories of his friendship with Mandela – just published on his website

Tour Dates:
March 22, Los Angeles, CA, Walt Disney Concert Hall
March 24, Santa Cruz, CA, Kuumbwa Jazz Center
March 25 & 26, San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center
March 28, Chicago, IL, Old Town School of Folk Music
March 30, Pittsburgh, PA, The New Hazlett Theater
March 31, Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
April 1, Annapolis, MD, Ramshead Tavern
April 2, Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
April 4 & 5, New York, NY, Jazz at Lincoln Center
April 6, Newark, NY, New Jersey Performing Arts Center