Hugh Masekela will celebrate his 75th birthday on April 4th in New York City with a concert performance at Lincoln Center for their Jazz At Lincoln Center series, with featured guests Paul Simon and Sibongile Khumalo.
In addition the ageless Masekela will be releasing his latest music video, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”. Taken from latest album “Playing At Work”.
The video is a unique township mbaqanga take on the Bob Dylan classic. It is also a moving tribute to Bra Hugh’s lifetime friend, and legendary South African photographer Alf Kumalo.
The video features never-before-seen footage of Bra Alf Kumalo, at work in his darkroom and shooting street scenes in Alexandra Township.
The video also includes an incredible montage of some of Bra Alf’s most iconic pictures spanning the last 50 years of world and South African history – a dizzying array of images that capture some of the most important moments and icons in our country, and the world’s, history. As well as striking photographs of the ordinary men and women who crossed Bra Alf’s path.
Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Oliver Tambo, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Ruth First, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Father Trevor Hudddleston, Miriam Makeba, and Muhammad Ali are all featured in private and public moments, at ease in the eye of Bra Alf’s lens.
The most telling part of the music video is a picture of a young 16-year old Hugh Masekela leaping in the air, clutching the trumpet that had been sent to him by Louis Armstrong. This iconic image became the starting point of a life-long friendship between the two young men, both of whom went on to change the world in their respective ways.
The video was directed by Brett Rubin alongside cinematographer Robert Wilson, art director Nicole Van Heerden and editor Tom Glenn. The video was produced by House of Masekela in association with Vatic, and is endorsed by the family and estate of Alf Kumalo.
PLUSH will be embarking on their final farewell tour as the first 2 shows of the tour takes place this weekend in Cape Town and are already Sold Out for Friday, the 4th of April, at Café Roux and Sunday, 6 April at Alma Cafe
Announcing the news on Facebook, they posted the following to fans announcing the Final Farewell Tour: “We know we’ve been a bit quiet recently, but that does not make the following announcement any easier for us. We’ll be embarking on ‘The Postcard Tour’ in April 2014. It brings to an end this amazing adventure. 17 years, 4 albums, 2 EP’s, numerous singles, friends from all over the globe, thousands of gigs from intimate lounges to raucous festivals, highs, lows, tragedy and triumph – we’ve had the time of our lives. Consider all of this emotion, pack it into a few weeks, and you get our final farewell. A farewell that pays homage to what we as PLUSH hold most dear. You, our fans and friends and all the times we had together.”
This final tour celebrates and remembers this history as PLUSH takes to the road one last time to meet with their fans through great music and Rory’s ever memorable onstage story-telling.
PLUSH will head off on a 10-date tour across SA performing to fans as they kick-off “The Postcard Tour” this weekend. In support of “The Postcard Tour”, PLUSH will be releasing their ‘Best Of’ 18-track album entitled “PLUSH: 2000 – 2014″ which will include favourites such as “My Baby“, “Wishing Well“, “All For The Better“, “Today“, “Dancing In A Storm“, a Live version of “Halo“, and a new unreleased bonus track, “Springsteen”.
4 April – Cafe Roux, CPT SOLD OUT
6 April – Alma Cafe, CPT SOLD OUT
24 April – Tanz Cafe, JHB
26 April – Secret Garden Gig (by Invite Only), JHB
27 April – Park Acoustics, PTA
30 April – Klein Libertas, STELL
2 May – Live-The Venue, DBN
3 May – Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg
9 May – Assembly, CPT
11 May – Studio 7, CPT SOLD OUT
SAMA nominated outfit Graeme Watkins Project are pleased that their new hit single “Fly Away”, taking off on both national and regional radio stations around the country.
After winning 8 award categories at the 48 Hour MVP Awards late last year for the music video “Fly Away”, including Best Music Video Award, Best Song, Best Lyrics, Best Performance, Best VFX, Best Cinematography and Best Directing, the band felt that the single selection was pretty obvious.
Graeme Watkins Project in collaboration with Any Minute Now Films paired up for a frantic weekend of creativity in which they make a music video from scratch, from concept to post-production – all within 48 hours.
“This fantastic team gave their time and formidable skills for free to be involved in a crazy weekend at the craziest time of year”, says director Julia Smuts Louw. “The result was worth all the hard work: FLY AWAY became a poignant, surreal story of a love that transcends the boundaries between life and death.”
The video will go on to compete internationally at Filmapalooza in New Orleans against the winning offerings from other competing cities around the world later this year.
“After a weekend of mayhem we could not be happier with the product. Highlight of the shoot was attending a radio interview in the middle of the ambulance scene shoot. It was already pre booked and the DJ was so shocked. It was loads of fun, and the crew really pulled it out the bag. This is a super proud moment for us.” – Graeme Watkins