Hugh Masekela and the space between

By Graham Reid In Music

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7th February, 2013
With a husky chuckle, Hugh Masekela recalls himself as a curious child, some 70 years ago, who would wake, wind up the gramophone and sing along with every song. “I was obsessed by music. I thought there were people living in the speaker of the Victrola and that’s where I wanted to live. And that’s where I’ve been living ever since.” South African Masekela – trumpeter, singer, composer – was also for decades an artist in self-imposed exile, galvanising international opposition to the inhumanity of apartheid. His lyrics reflected the struggles, culture and dignity of black South ...

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