“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are.” These are the words of Hugh Masekela, who succumbed to prostate cancer on 23 January 2018 after a protracted battle that began in 2008. He was undoubtedly one of the most talented jazz musicians to ever take to the stage, and he enjoyed a stellar career spanning six decades and 44 albums. But it was his abiding love for Africa and its myriad cultures, and his unshakeable stance against injustice that truly set him apart from his peers.
News of the 78-year-old musical titan’s death emerged on Tuesday morning.
Masekela was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and in October last year, he released a statement announcing his decision to call time on public performances.
“It is a tough battle, but I am greatly encouraged by the good wishes of family, friends and everyone who has supported my musical journey, which remains the greatest source of my inspiration,” Masekela said in a statement at the time.
“I have cancelled my commitments for the immediate future, as I will need all my energy to continue this fight against prostate… Read More
Pioneered by dynamic saxophonist Moreira Chonguica, the MoreJazz Series is an annoual jazz festival in Maputo. Moreira studied jazz at the University of Cape Town. In 2009 he returned to Maputo and developed an astute business philosophy of “availability, flexibility and visibility”, with the vision of changing the perceptions of jazz to “sexy, sensual and controversial”.
As a mirror initiative to the success of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Moreira started the annual Morejazz Series in 2011, aiming to bring the best musicians from around the world to come and see,… Read More
From 3 July until 28 August, Delheim is offering visitors a chance to warm up and have fun with their Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays.
The “downstairs” tasting cellar will play host to these cosy and casual winter afternoon wind-downs, at which live music will accompany a cheesy feast.
“At Delheim, we embrace the chill factor to the max this winter,” said Destination Manager Charlotte Terblanche. “When it is chilly outside, we invite you to come and chill with us. These Sunday sessions are for friends and families who want to… Read More
Johannesburg view from Randlords. Image by Darling Lama Productions
According to the UK-based GQ magazine, Johannesburg is the “new cool capital of the southern hemisphere”. The article by Nick Carvell praised Jozi for it’s “seriously buzzing urban landscape packed with superb bars, inventive restaurants, cool hotels and one of the world’s most exciting theatre, art and music scenes”.
The story of Township Guitars sounds like a movie. Imagine an award-winning jazz guitarist interrupting a meeting about a home-made oil-can guitar. He asks to try it out. Impressed, he places an order with a business that does not yet exist.
This famous guitarist is South African jazz artist Jimmy Dludlu and, yes, he did order the guitar, along with other famed musicians, including members of the English group, UB40.
The year was 2002, when the late musician and engineer Graeme Wells met business adviser Roy Bermeister with views of the… Read More