Hugh Masekela, Black Mambazo at Jazz Festival

ladysmith_black_mambazoHARARE - It has been billed as the jazz show of the year as South African giants meet Zimbabwean big acts in the Harare Jazz Festival pencilled in for 17 April at the Harare Sports Club. (Pictured: Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at the Harare Jazz

Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at the festival together with Oliver Mtukudzi and the Cool Crooners. Other acts include Sibongile Khumalo, Jazz Invitation, Mbare Trio and Silvia Manco (from Italy). Masekela, in a telephone interview from his South African base, said that he was looking forward to the show. To be with those great people at the festival will give me an opportunity to bond with the great people of Zimbabwe. I am looking forward to that show with great friends, Masekela said.

Shepherd Mutamba, Tukumusiks publicist said Mtukudzi will give local fans a treat. This will be his first performance locally after the death of his son, Sam, in a tragic accident. He is ready to do what he knows best. Its going to be blast, said Mutamba. But it is Masekelas appearance that has jazz fans excited. Masekela has played primarily in jazz ensembles, with guest appearances on albums by The Byrds (“So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”) and Paul Simon. In 1987, he had a hit single with “Bring Him Back Home” which became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela.

In the 1980s, he toured with Paul Simon in support of Simon’s album Graceland, which featured other South African artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, and other elements of the band Kalahari, which Masekela recorded with in the 1980s.

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