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Hugh Masekela Biography, Songs, Awards

Hugh Masekela Biography

Hugh Masekela whose full name is Hugh Ramopolo Masekela was born on 4th April 1939 in Witbank, South Africa. He is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer.

Hugh Masekela Career

He began singing and playing piano at the age of 14. He got his trumpet fro Archbishop Trevor Huddleston. Huddleston asked the leader of the then Johannesburg “Native” Municipal Brass Band, Uncle Sauda, to teach Masekela the rudiments of trumpet playing.

In 1956 he joined Alfred Herbert’s African Jazz Revue.The agony, conflict, and exploitation South Africa faced during the 1950s and 1960s inspired and influenced him to make music and also spread political change. He was an artist who in his music vividly portrayed the struggles and sorrows, as well as the joys and passions of his country. His music protested about apartheid, slavery, government; the hardships individuals were living. Masekela reached a large population that also felt oppressed due to the country’s situation.

Hugh Masekela Songs

  1. Stimela
  2. Grazing in the Grass
  3. Bring Him Back Home
  4. Chileshe
  5. Coal Train
  6. Languta
  7. Bajabula Bonke
  8. Nomali
  9. Ibala Lam
  10. Thuma Mina
  11. The Boy’s Doin’ It
  12. Uptownship
  13. African Secret Society
  14. Abangoma
  15. Ha Lese Le Di Khanna
  16. Khauleza
  17. Old People, Old Folks
  18. Thimlela
  19. Makoti
  20. Ha Le Se
  21. Thanayi
  22. Song of Love
  23. Soweto Blues
  24. Mace and Grenades
  25. Sechaba
  26. Been Such a Long Time Going
  27. Mbombela
  28. Heaven in You
  29. The Joke of Life
  30. Bo Masekela
  31. Mamoriri
  32. No Woman No Cry

Hugh Masekela Awards

  • 2010: Order of Ikhamanga during the South African National Orders Ceremony
  • 2007: African Music Legend Award at the Ghana Music Awards
  • 2005: Lifetime Achievement Award during Channel O Music Video Award
  • 2002: International Award of the year during the BBC Radio Jazz Awards

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Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela