September 24, 2012 – 4:27 am

South Africa’s Hugh Masekela

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Inntöne Jazz Festival, 2010 [no label, 2CD]

Recorded for Euroradio Jazz Season at Inntöne Jazz festival, Diersbach Bauernhof, Austria, on May 21, 2010. Broadcast by “Il Cartellone - Radio 3 Suite Jazz”, Radio 3 RAI [third channel of Italian national radio], on May 16, 2011. Ex FM stereo.

Hugh Masekela update. The seventysomething is still alive and kicking. No more nostalgia over Grazing In The Grass, his only U.S. No. 1 hit in 1968. Instead, this show from two years ago displays his jazz chops and African roots almost equally. The first disc has Masekela blowing cool jazz with his five-piece modern jazz unit while the second has a South African performance group, Muka Kids, supporting his African tunes.

Perhaps because he left South Africa at a young age (he was just 20) and spent much of his early years learning jazz in America, Masekela has had to relearn his African heritage. The African music here owes more to Fela Kuti’s innovations of what Kuti called “afrobeat”, a mixture of traditional African rhythms with modern jazz, funk and percussion. A Fela Kuti composition, Lady, kicks off the second disc and a delighted Masekela talks at great length to introduce his African tunes. This is a high energy show with Mazekela displaying amazing showmanship.

Stimela and Moz, both composed by Masekela are thoughtful jazz ballads and show the other side of his influences. Masekela learnt his jazz at traditional western institutions like London’s Guildhall School of Music and in Manhattan, USA. Much of his young adult life was spent surrounded in American popular culture. Despite all that, Masekela has never forgotten his roots.

Survivor69 shared the lossless version at The Traders’ Den (click here). Thanks to survivor69 for the show and fastone for the artwork.
- Professor Red

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction in Italian by Pino Saulo 8.14 (optional) (13.1MB)
Track 102. Wana Yu Wakula (Erik Pallani) 11.46 (18.8MB)
Track 103. Chileshe (Hugh Masekela) 10.53 (17.4MB)
Track 104. Ha Le Se (Caiphus Semenya) 6.18 (10.0MB)
Track 105. Stimela (Hugh Masekela) 17.35 (28.1MB)
Masekela talks for seven minutes before the music starts.

Track 106. talks by Hugh 1.16 (2.0MB)
Track 107. Moz (Hugh Masekela) 9.13 (14.7MB)

NOTE: A long radio introduction in ITALIAN with bio notes and commentaries runs for 8′14″ on Track 101, you can skip downloading it if you don’t understand Italian.

Disc 2
Track 201. Lady (Fela Kuti) 11.15 (18.0MB)
Track 202. Introduction to the MUKA Kids 6.18 (10.1MB)
Track 203. Happy Mama [Hugh Masekela, with the MUKA Kids] 6.33 (10.5MB)
Track 204. Tanai [Hugh Masekela, with the MUKA Kids] 6.21 (10.1MB)
Track 205. Khauleza [Hugh Masekela, with the MUKA Kids] 12.16 (19.6MB)
Track 206. radio outro 0.54 (1.4MB)

Total Time : 99′43″ (without radio intro and outro)
WITH radio intro and outro, it would be 108′51″

Hugh Masekela - flugelhorn, lead voice
Cameron Warren - guitar
Randal Skippers - keyboards
Abednigo S. Zulu - bass
Lee-Roy Sauls - drums
Francis Manneh Fuster - percussion

Hugh Masekela has a long list of albums. Highly recommended is 1972’s Home Is Where The Music Is, which is essentially a jazz album. Buy the album Home Is Where the Music Is.

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  1. 3 Responses to “BLOW YOUR HORN”

  2. Wow! I am so looking forward to this. Saw him recently at the Sydney Opera House and he was phenomenal. One of my favourite musicians of all time.

    By Roger Smith on Sep 24, 2012

  3. Fantastic! Great to awaken a smile or two………

    By Timmy on Sep 24, 2012

  4. What a pleasant surprise. Thanks BigO.

    By aking on Sep 24, 2012

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