The Boy’s Doin' It – a celebration of the life and music of Hugh Masekela

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 15:14

For over six decades Hugh Masekela was the beating heart of South African jazz music. From the Huddleston Jazz Band of the 1950s to the 2012 award-winning album Jabulani, the trumpeter and singer-songwriter set himself apart as a jazz visionary and defiant political voice.

Famed for his unique brass tone, Masekela earned global success and recognition for his hits Grazing in the Grass, Stimela and Bring Him Back Home, as well as his work on Paul Simon’s seminal album, Graceland.

Following the passing of Masekela earlier in the year, Southbank Centre hosted a special evening of music in 2018, put together with the aid of his family, celebrating the life and music of the man known as ‘the father of South African jazz’. To get a flavour of that event, and this very special talent, we also put together this Spotify playlist.


Southbank Centre hosted a celebration of Hugh Masekela’s Life and Music as part of the 2018 EFG London Jazz Festival, in November, 2018.


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