Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masekela.
Bout a year ago I read Hugh Masekela's autobiography, and set about hunting down some of his back catalogue. There's a few best ofs around, but his funky 70s stuff recorded in Africa is hella hard to source. I scored a copy of his1973 album recorded in Nigeria with Ghana band Hedzoleh Soundz, which rocks. Now some of that era is getting reissued on CD...
"I'm in awe when I think about the life of flugelhorn and cornet player Hugh Masekela. In his sixty-six years on this planet he has fought apartheid in South Africa, lived in exile and worked with Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba and Fela Ransome Kuti. He's the man and you can't help getting excited about your own life when you think about everything that he has accomplished. BBE Records is releasing a compilation of rare and unreleased recordings produced by him and his partner Stewart Levine for their Chisa label during 1965-1975. The album features contributions from Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Ojah and Miatta Fahinbulleh. If you love afrobeat, afropop, jazz or funk, this is the album for you." from Dork Mag.Hugh Masekela's The Chisa Years, will be in stores March 14, 2006
ADDED - Wax Poetics magazine are having a Hugh Masekela remix contest - win a new Akai MPD16, a signed Hugh Masekela CD,a Hugh Masekela 7-inch, and a one-year subscription to Wax Poetics, or a Numark PT-01 portable turntable, and more.
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