Posts Tagged ‘Hugh Masekela’

Remembering the Life of Hugh Masekela

January 23, 2018

The great South African Hugh Masekela passed away today at the age of 78 after a battle with Prostate Cancer. I was very fortunate to attend several of his shows. I became a fan of Masekela when I study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Masekela’s Bring Back Nelson Mandela, was an anti-apartheid anthem that introduced him and his music to people from various parts of the world.

Masekela was a very funny man. He demonstrated his sense of humor on stage. He was so charismatic onĀ  stage. Hugh, the Father of South African Jazz, will be greatly missed.

Here are some of the songs that I was able to record from some of Masekela shows that I attended.













Paying Tribute to the Youth in South Africa

June 16, 2014

Paying Tribute to the Youth in South Africa

June 16 is Youth Day in South Africa. It pays tribute to the brave youth who led a peaceful march in Soweto on June 16, 1976, to protest against the AfriKaans imposed language in the black schools.

Today, in the midst of World Cup fever, I will proudly wear my Steve Biko South African Soccer Jersey as I remember all the courageous youth who stood up against the Apartheid system.

Here is what I wrote during the 35th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising:

Hugh Masekela and Ziggy Marley–I’m a Rebel (Soul Rebel)

May 14, 2014

Remembering Madiba with Songs about Mandela & Anti-Apartheid

December 6, 2013



Like many people in this world, I was inspired by Nelson Mandela. When I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, I had the opportunity to visit Robben Island and see Madiba’s cell. Being at Robben Island was an experience that I will never forget. Words won’t do justice to how much of an impact Nelson Mandela had on me. I think the best way to remember Mandela is to continue fighting for human rights and equality. Mother Jones once said, “Pray for the dead but fight like hell for the living.” I think this is the best way to honor Madiba’s legacy.

The pictures that I included are some of my books and movies about Mandela. I highly recommend people reading Richard Stengel’s book, Mandela’s Way, as well as his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

Here are my top Nelson Mandela and Anti-Apartheid Songs in no particular order. I am including Victor Jara’s La Partida which means The Departed. It is one of my favorite songs. Enjoy them all!

Here is what I wrote on Madiba’s 95th birthday:

My thoughts on the Hugh Masekela show at the Royce Hall

February 12, 2012
Last night, I went to see Hugh Masekela at the Royce Hall located on the UCLA campus. Masekela is one of the most famous South African musicians. He is a social activist who uses music to promote world peace. He sings about the struggles that South Africans and people in the world go through. His music played an instrumental role in the Anti-Apartheid movement.

Hugh Masekela put on an amazing performance last night. I had never seen a 72 year old dance the way Masekela did. There were times that it appeared he was doing the tootsie roll. The crowd would laugh when he would dance and go as low as he could. He received a thunderous applause from the audience. When he performed Lady by Fela Kuti, he was on point when he was making his several Lady impressions.

He did a great job explaining the song, Coal Train/Stimela and Khawuleza by Miriam Makeba. Hugh Masekela at times was more of a comedian than a musician. He would start cracking jokes in between his songs. It was great to see his sense of humor.

Below are some pics that I took last night. I am including videos of some of my favorite songs along with songs that he performed last night. The video where he is performing Coal Train, most of the same stuff he says to the New York crowd he said last night.