Latest articles on Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela and the irrecoverable idea of home

Plagued by being in exile, Hugh Masekela’s oeuvre frequently explored the idea of home

Of drumming, Tony Allen, Charles Mungoshi and my cousin

Drummers have the power to allow Zimbabweans to commune with their ancestors, and none more so than those with elevated talent on the skins.

Spirituality at the core of sax great’s sound

Oyama Mabandla explores the idea that artistic success has spiritual bliss at its centre.

Masekela’s Lesotho concerts: A bittersweet homecoming

Taking place after the musician had gone back to the United States and after a short sojourn to Liberia, the Live in Lesotho concerts are a musical and thematic pivot towards home.

Thandiswa takes a walk in Bra Hugh’s shoes

Thandiswa Mazwai speaks about her memories of playing with the trumpeter and what fans can expect from her collaboration with his band

Through upheaval and instability, we always had Oliver Mtukudzi

The legendary musician was one person that Zimbabwe could rely on

Shange paid the price for her honesty

Her book gifted me a vision of myself and many black women who carried my world

Meet UCT’s new ‘spicy’ FabAcademic

Self-confessed maverick Mamokgethi Phakeng says this job was not exactly part of her career plan

Mr Thuma Mina winning over the ANC

One by one, the wily politician appears to be dealing with problems and consolidating his position

Same WhatsApp group: Thuma Mina and ‘we gon’ be right’

Ramaphosa’s appropriation of Bra Hugh’s version of #CountryDuty falls into the realm of the calculated PR stunt.

Who was Bra Hugh

We remember Hugh Masekela with some testimonies from his loved ones.

An icon shared with all of Africa

‘This was a man,’ said Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during a moving tribute at Hugh Masekela’s funeral in Johannesburg

Hamba kahle Bra Hugh, love Thandiswa

Like the meteorite Thandiswa Mazwai dreamed of before hearing of his passing, he was a celestial creative force but also her beloved ‘industry dad’

From perfect stranger to brother

In this interview with Kwanele Sosibo, D Michael Cheers speaks of this life-changing endeavour, and how his co-author and subject became family.

On home, father figures and the last days of the archetypal Bras as we know them

"This annotated mix of his music is not so much a tribute to a son of the soil than it is a conversation with his music".

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