Hugh Masekela: Ha Lese Le Di Khanna / A Felicidade / Up Up And Away [reblog]

from Oannes blog…
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Σαν σήμερα, 4 Απριλίου 1939 γεννήθηκε ο τρομπετίστας, τραγουδιστής και συνθέτης Hugh Masekela, “πατέρας της νοτιοαφρικανκής jazz”. Μετά το ξεκίνημά του ως μέλος των Jazz Epistles, του πρώτου νοτιοαφρικάνικου bebop συγκροτήματος [ανάμεσα στα μέλη ο πιανίστας Dollar Brand, αργότερα γνωστός ως Abdullah Ibrahim] θα φύγει για την Αμερική στις αρχές των ’60s, όπου και θα ξεκινήσει μια ιδιαίτερα πετυχημένη σόλο καριέρα, μια εικόνα της οποίας δίνουν οι παράπλευρες συνεργασίες του με καλλιτέχνες όπως ο μέντοράς του Dizzy Glliespie, ο Fela Kuti, ο Herb Alpert, οι Byrds, Ο Paul Simon, ο Stevie Wonder, ο Marvin Gaye…
Ο HM επέστρεψε το 1990 στην πατρίδα του μετά τη νομιμοποίηση του ANC και την επάνοδο του Nelson Mandela, για τον οποία ειχε γράψει τον anti-apartheid ύμνο “Bring Home Nelson Mandela” [1986]
Ακούμε τα: “Ha Lese Le Di Khanna” από το άλμπουμ του Live In Lesotho [1981], “A Felicidade” [Jobim] από το The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela [1966] και “Up Up and Away” [Jimmy Webb] από το Hugh Masekela Is Alive And Well At The Whiskey [1968]


On this date, April 4, 1939, the trumpeter, singer and composer Hugh Masekela, “father of South African jazz”, was born. After beginning a member of Jazz Epitsles, the first South African bebop band [among the members was the pianist Dollar Brand, later known as Abdullah Ibrahim] he left for America in the early ’60s, where he embarked on a highly successful solo career, with side collaborations with artists such as his mentor Dizzy Gillespie, Fela Kuti, Herb Alpert, The Byrds, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye…HM returned to its homeland in 1990 after the unbanning of the ANC and the release of Nelson Mandela, for whom he had written the anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Home Nelson Mandela” [1986] We hear: “Ha Lese Le Di Khanna” from his album Live In Lesotho [1981], “A Felicidade” [Jobim] from The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela [1966] and “Up Up and Away” [Jimmy Webb] from Hugh Masekela Is Alive And Well At The Whiskey [1968]

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More about these reblogs

Lately I have been rebloging music videos from Oannes new blog. For my friends who didn’t know, or wonder why…. Oannes [aka Socratis Papahatzis] is my husband, partner in life and music and the one with my undying admiration. Together we have a band MK-O [the music of Marina Kanavaki & Oannes]. So, it’s my pleasure to share with you his [and mine] musical selections. Although here I reblog mainly his musical selections, he writes exceptional articles on various topics [some may need translation], so do visit his site. He has my highest recommendation!

6 replies »

  1. Cool! I had the honour of seeing Dizzy Gillespie in person (mentioned in your post) when I was in Junior High school, because he was conducting a Jazz Clinic for our city’s JH Jazz Bands….Very amazing!

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