31 Facts About Hugh Masekela

1. In 1987, Hugh Masekela scored another hit with the anti-apartheid anthem "Bring Him Back Home" dedicated to late anti-apartheid leader and future South African President, Nelson Mandela.

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2. In 1968, Hugh Masekela scored a major No 1 hit with his single "Grazing In The Grass", leading to a prolific period of releases.

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3. In 1983 Hugh Masekela met South African playwright Mbongemi Ngema, who had written several critically acclaimed plays.

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4. In 1986 Hugh Masekela founded the Botswana International School of Music, a nonprofit institute to train African musicians.

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5. Hugh Masekela moved back to Africa in 1980, settling in Botswana, where he lived for four and a half years.

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6. Hugh Masekela toured parts of Africa in 1973, performing with African musicians.

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7. Hugh Masekela was born on April 4, 1939 in Witbank, a coal-mining town near Johannesburg, South Africa.

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8. Hugh Masekela spoke hopefully in the Boston Herald of his plan to spend time in his country.

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9. Hugh Masekela toured parts of Africa in 1973, playing with a variety of African musicians.

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10. Hugh Masekela was born on April 4,1939, in Witbank, a coal mining town near Johannesburg, South Africa.

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11. Hugh Masekela released a total of 49 studio albums between 1962 and 2016.

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12. Hugh Masekela used his global reach to help in spreading the word on Africa's heritage restoration.

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13. Hugh Masekela opened his own studio and a record labelled "House of Masekela".

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14. In 1981, Hugh Masekela moved to Botswana where he founded the International School of Music, partnering with Dr Khabi Mngoma.

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15. Hugh Masekela left South Africa for New York, to Manhattan where he began music classes with the help of John Mehegan, Harry Belafonte and Dizzy Gillespie.

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16. Hugh Masekela left South Africa at an age of 21 in 1960.

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17. In 1956, Hugh Masekela joined Alfred Herbert's band that was known as the African Jazz Revenue.

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18. Hugh Masekela was the father of American television host Sal Masekela.

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19. Hugh Masekela joined Rashawn Ross on trumpet for "Proudest Monkey" and "Grazing in the Grass".

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20. In 2010, Hugh Masekela was featured, with his son Selema Masekela, in a series of videos on ESPN.

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21. Hugh Masekela appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and was featured in the film Monterey Pop by D A Pennebaker.

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22. Hugh Masekela had hits in the United States with the pop jazz tunes "Up, Up and Away" and the number-one smash "Grazing in the Grass" (1968), which sold four million copies.

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23. Hugh Masekela was helped by Trevor Huddleston and international friends such as Yehudi Menuhin and John Dankworth, who got him admitted into London's Guildhall School of Music in 1960.

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24. Hugh Masekela was born in KwaGuqa Township, Witbank, South Africa to Thomas Selena Masekela, who was a health inspector and sculptor and his wife, Pauline Bowers Masekela, a social worker.

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25. Hugh Masekela had a number-one US pop hit in 1968 with his version of "Grazing in the Grass".

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26. Hugh Masekela was there, along with Sting, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, and Morgan Freeman was the master of ceremonies.

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27. Hugh Masekela died in Johannesburg on the early morning of 23 January 2018 from prostate cancer, aged 78.

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28. Hugh Masekela was involved in several social initiatives, and served as a director on the board of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto.

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29. In 1985 Hugh Masekela founded the Botswana International School of Music, which held its first workshop in Gaborone in that year.

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30. In 1984, Hugh Masekela released the album Techno Bush; from that album, a single entitled "Don't Go Lose It Baby" peaked at number two for two weeks on the dance charts.

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31. Hugh Masekela reached a large population that felt oppressed due to the country's situation.

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