SA jazz legend Hugh Masekela to be remembered

SA jazz legend Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela, who passed away on January 23, 2018 will be fondly remembered as a globally renowned trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, singer, activist, jokester, lover, father and friend.

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As part of this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (from 27 to 29 September), at the Sandton Convention Centre, a dynamic installation will highlight Masekela’s life and work, and honour his invaluable contribution to the South African and global music landscape.

Named “No Borders,” a title which references his last studio album, the installation portrays the famous musician’s artistic journey; one that was expansive, prodigious, creative and global. It illuminates his infinite love affair with music and humanity.

The installation features an array of his horns, his portraits and his music, evoking the man’s indomitable spirit as he took his music through borders and gave the world his distinctive sound.

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The Horn Summit, Cassandra Wilson and David Sanborn headline the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

Cassandra Wilson the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (1)

A special tribute to late Jazz idol, Hugh Masekela, by the Horn Summit and performances by two international jazz music icons, Cassandra Wilson and David Sanborn (both from the US), will unlock opening night of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz at the Sandton Convention Centre (27 September) in a not-to-be-missed one-night-only spectacular – a rare experience for local and visiting jazz lovers.

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The Horn Summit is an assembly of some of the Jazz industry’s respected musicians including Suthukazi Arosi and Phu2ma Tiso, both on lead vocals, Percy Mbonani on Saxophone, Sydney Mavundla and Lwanda Gogana, both on Flugehorn as well as Leeroy Sauls on drums and vocals, and Cameron Ward on lead guitar. Hugh Masekela’s nephew, Selema Makgthi-Masekela, will also be part of the tribute to his uncle with his versatile guitar skill and will deliver spoken word. The Horn Summit will honour braHugh’s life with a selection of songs from his life-long catalogue.

Also gracing the stage is composer and jazz vocalist, Cassandra Wilson. Known and loved for incorporating country, blues and folk music into her work, Wilson promises a never-to-be-forgotten jazz journey ride for the joyful audience.

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