Masekela, Hugh(măs'əkĕl`ə), 1939–2018, South African singer, composer, band leader, and trumpet player. After working with several South African jazz bands, he and his then-wife Miriam MakebaMakeba, Miriam
, 1932–2008, South African singer. She became the first black South African to achieve international fame and she played a fundamental role in introducing African music to the West.
..... Click the link for more information. fled South Africa in the early 1960s because of apartheidapartheid
[Afrik.,=apartness], system of racial segregation peculiar to the Republic of South Africa, the legal basis of which was largely repealed in 1991–92. History
..... Click the link for more information. , and Masakela subsequently became a leading voice in the anti-apartheid movement. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and his music gradually began to fuse jazz with the African dance music known as mbaqanga. He toured sub-Saharan Africa in the 1970s and collaborated with various African musicians during the 70s and 80s. He became known to the American public with his number one hit single, "Grazing in the Grass" (1968), and was a producer of the 1980s South African–themed Broadway musical Serafina! In 1980 Masakela settled in Botswana; a decade later he returned to postapartheid South Africa. His albums include Waiting for the Rain (1986), Tomorrow (1987), The Lasting Impressions of Ooga Booga (1996), and Sixty (2000).
See his autobiography, Still Grazing (2004, with D. M. Cheers).
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