Hugh Masekela: Celebrate Mama Afrika

Venue: Main House

Dates: 10 Jul 2011 - 11 Jul 2011

Price(s): £ 15 - £ 25

Hugh Masekela and his band with special guest South African stars; Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa, Lira, celebrating the music of Miriam Makeba.

At 71, Hugh Masekela remains, in the words of the Independent: “a musician of phenomenal grace and power...still blessed with a voice that can strip the leaves from the tress.” An articulate and forthright spokesman for the people of his country and their culture for six decades, Hugh Masekela has been an outspoken figure in the struggle for civil rights on both sides of the Atlantic and spent his career pushing musical boundaries. He is one of jazz’s greatest horn players, able to adopt township jazz, funk and hip-hop into his music.

Celebrate Mama Afrika brings together some of the finest vocal talent the continent has to offer to pay tribute to Makeba, who died in 2008 at the age of 76. The former Johannesburg club singer became a voice for the anti-apartheid struggle in her native South Africa, and was exiled for 31 years under the regime.

‘I just told the world the truth, and if the truth then becomes political, I can't do anything about that.’Miriam Makeba, 2000

Alongside Hugh Masekela and his dynamic South African band, tonight's incredible line-up features the distinct, powerful voice of South Africa's Vusi Mahlasela, plus two of the nation’s most charismatic singers of today’s generation, Thandiswa and Lira.

‘Masekela seems to speak through his horn – conveying every imaginable sound and emotion.’ The Guardian

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This show finished on: 11 Jul 2011

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