LifeLines 1: Hugh Masekela

15 May 09 - 17 May 09

The first "Life Line" week at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt is dedicated to celebrating the 70th birthday of the South African trumpeter, composer and singer Hugh Masekela. Along with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and Miriam Makeba, he is considered one of Africa’s most important musical personalities in the 20th Century. Just as the music style called Mbaqanga (actually a traditional stew in the townships) connects Zulu traditions with soul, jazz and pop influences, Masekela oscillates between genres: playing on the one hand with musicians from the USA, such as the Crusaders, and on the other, founding the band Hedzoleh Soundz with musicians from Ghana, he can be heard on albums by the Byrds and Bob Marley, playing music that ranges between avant-garde jazz, Afro-pop and Funk.

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