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.
Double and electric bass maestro, Herbie Tsoaeli, is an incredibly well-respected and recognised jazzman – with a solid pedigree. This is Herbie’s first ‘stand-out’ solo release – and it is very much eagerly anticipated and sought after by jazz lovers, with tracks having been circulating the airwaves for months already…
Having been the preferred side-man for many of this countries finest artists – potentially without even knowing it – you have been grooving to his rhythms over the years when listening to your favourites. This illustrious list includes the likes of: Zim Ngqawana, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ringo, Sibongile Khumalo, Louis Moholo, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku, Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Moses Molelekwa, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Feya Faku, Simphiwe Dana (amongst many more).
With this album “African Time” – Herbie Tsoaeli takes centre stage! An accessible, but yet still completely credible and ‘real’ jazz album journey. Vocal tracks find a home, as well as instrumentally focused material.
Responses have been simply amazing to this album – that presents something completely new; yet contains those amazing favourite sound and elements of the great South African jazz tradition of the past. An amazing musical bridge between the ‘then and now.,
Support on and for Herbie is guaranteed, particularly in jazz circles – but certainly wider than those alone. Expect a LOT of noise and talk around this great musician and music in the near-coming future then – across media formats – with a build and culmination around April where Herbie is confirmed to perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
Forthcoming release featuring Wynton Marsalis (pictured), McCoy Tyner, Tutu Puoane, Tania Maria, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sibongile Khumalo, Simphiwe Dana, Ringo, Bonga, Gerals Veasley, Jeff Lorber, Frank McComb, Alexander O’ Neal…
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2011 – taking place 25- 27 August 2011 – marks twelve years of putting South Africa on the international jazz map. The annual fest attracts an audience of 20 000, aoss 7 venues in Johannesburg’s buzzing Newtown Cultural precinct.
With an international line-up of top artists, and an exciting mix of home-grown talent, Joy of Jazz has contributed to the cultural exchange between artists and many international performers have met their local counterparts and subsequently collaborated on various projects.
Importantly, Joy of Jazz has also seen a phenomenal growth in the number of developing jazz artists who have been given exposure and a platform on which to perform.
The staging of the Joy of Jazz in the Newtown Precinct has played an integral part in the regeneration of the inner city, having had significant benefits in helping to shape the future of Johannesburg, and contributing to the city’s changing creative and cultural landscape.