Friday, April 4, 2014

Hugh Masekela 75 -- April 4, 2014

Today is the 75th birthday of South African musician and activist Hugh Masekela. He plays the trumpet, flugelhorn and cornet. He was inspired to take up the trumpet when he saw Young Man With a Horn, which was loosely based on the life of Bix Biederbecke.  Masekela played with pioneering jazz groups in South Aftica, but left the country after the Sharpeville Massacre.  He worked against apartheid around the world.  I think I first learned about him when he had his big US hit, "Grazing in the Grass." 

The photo of Hugh Masekela and the album  cover are from

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