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Hugh Masekela

Biography

Jazz trumpeter and vocalist who have used his music to create black and light people jointly and was nominated to get a Grammy Prize in 1968. He became referred to as an associate of Johnny Gertze, the initial main African jazz group to record an LP. His initial trumpet was something special through the St. Peter’s Supplementary College anti-apartheid chaplain Archbishop Trevor Huddleston. He is at the orchestra for “Ruler Kong,” the initial theatrical musical to see widespread achievement in South Africa. His tune “Grazing in the Lawn” marketed over four million copies in america. He was previously married towards the Grammy Award-winning vocalist Miriam Makeba. He fathered tv web host Sal Masekela. He was motivated to understand the trumpet after viewing “SON Using a Horn,” starring Kirk Douglas being a character predicated on jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke.

Quick Facts


Full Name Hugh Masekela
Date Of Birth April 4, 1939
Place Of Birth South Africa
Profession Composer
Education Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Manhattan School of Music
Nationality South African
Spouse Elinam Cofie, Miriam Makeba
Children Sal Masekela, Pula Twala
Parents Thomas Selema Masekela, Pauline Bowers Masekela
Awards MTV Africa Music Legend Award, South African Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album
Nominations Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
Movies Sarafina!, Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, Monterey Pop, A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake, Mandela, Hugh Masekela: Homecoming Concert, South Africa Freedom Day: Concert on the Square, Sophiatown, UK Freedom Festival
Star Sign Aries

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1 Father of Sal Masekela.
2 Was nominated for Broadway's 1988 Tony Award as Best Score (Musical), with music and lyrics collaborator Mbongeni Ngema, for "Sarafina!"


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blended 2014 performer: "Kwela Kwela" / writer: "Kwela Kwela"
Small Time 2014 performer: "Grazing in the Grass"
Independent Lens TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Game Boys 2008 performer: "Grazing in the Grass"
Talk to Me 2007 performer: "Grazing in the Grass"
Bobby 2006 performer: "Grazing in the Grass"
The Last King of Scotland 2006 performer: "Grazing in the Grass"
Against the Ropes 2004 performer: "Hale Se Le Di Khanna"
Duplex 2003 performer: "Grazing in the Grass" Instrumental 1968
The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 performer: "Motla Le Pula The Rainmaker" / writer: "Motla Le Pula The Rainmaker"
I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 performer: "Grazing in the Grass"
Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 performer: "No Woman, No Cry"
Sarafina! 1992 performer: "Sarafina!", "Sechaba" / writer: "Sarafina!"
The Jewel of the Nile 1985 performer: "African Breeze" / producer: "African Breeze"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake 2014 Documentary
The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power 2000 TV Movie documentary
Mandela 1996 Documentary
Children of Africa 1993 TV Special

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alekesam 2011 Short
A Dry White Season 1989 Score performer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet 2002 musician: trumpet

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Under African Skies 2012 Documentary consulting producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary concert producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl 2017 Documentary filming Himself
Jazz at the White House 2016 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Bantu Hour 2015 TV Series Himself
I Am Thalente 2015 Documentary
Tavis Smiley 2009-2015 TV Series Himself
International Jazz Day 2015 Himself
21 Icons 2014 TV Series documentary
Street Journeys 2013 Documentary Himself
International Jazz Day: Live in Istanbul 2013 Video Himself
Under African Skies 2012 Documentary Himself
Mama Africa 2011 Documentary Himself (as Hugh Ramopolo Masekela)
2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert 2010 TV Special Performer
Breakfast 2009 TV Series Himself - Musician
Soul Power 2008 Documentary Himself
The Stern Grove Festival Videos 2008 TV Series Himself
Sunday AM 2007 TV Series Himself
HARDtalk Extra 2007 TV Series Himself
Laidback Knowledge 2004 TV Short documentary Himself
Sophiatown 2003 Documentary Himself
South Africa Freedom Day: Concert on the Square 2002 Video Himself
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony 2002 Documentary Himself
Freedom Highway: Songs that Shaped a Century 2001 Documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Children of Africa 1993 TV Special Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1988 TV Series Himself
Paul Simon, Graceland: The African Concert 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
Àngel Casas Show 1985 TV Series Himself
From Jump Street: The Story of Black Music 1980 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1974 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Monterey Pop 1968 Documentary Performer
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1967 TV Series Himself
To Tell the Truth 1964 TV Series Himself

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