Hugh Masekela

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Listen to some of the songs that topped the charts around the world in 1968


1968 was a year of political upheaval and the music reflected the restless times. The World’s host Marco Werman went back and checked out the 1968 chart-toppers from the US, Japan, France and Brazil.

Late South African jazz great Hugh Masekela,

How South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela inspired band members

South African trumpeter and musician Hugh Masekela performs on May 13, 2012.

From the archives: An interview with the late Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine

The missing tracks from the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’

Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela on stage October 14, 2014, at Carnegie Hall in New York.

‘The Voice’ of South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom

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Here’s the music you should have heard in 2013

Arts, Culture & Media

As 2013 comes to a close, PRI’s The World is offering the favorite music picks of the year from our DJs around the globe.

The World

Music Heard on Air for December 6, 2013

Music Heard on Air

In honor of Nelson Mandela, all tunes played between reports for Friday, December 6, 2013 are artists from South Africa. SONG: Down Rockey StreetARTIST: Moses Taiwa MolelekwaCD TITLE: South Africa: Jazzin' & Jivin'CD LABEL: M.E.L.T. 2000 SONG: Bajikise BopsARTIST: Makgona Tsohle BandCD TITLE: Makgona Tsohle ReggiCD LABEL: Inkonkoni SONG: MozARTIST: Hugh MasekelaCD TITLE: PholaCD LABEL: […]

Hugh Masekela Enjoys Playing @ Work

Global Hit

South Africa’s Hugh Masekela has a new album out, it’s called “Playing @ Work.” Here to tell us about it is Mannasseh Phiri, our DJ in Lusaka, Zambia.

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The World’s DJ Picks: Favorite Recordings of 2012 Part I

Arts, Culture & Media

Three of our DJ’s around the globe offer their favorite recordings from 2012. Monday’s list includes a Syrian-American hip hop artist and a mirba player from Zimbabwe.

Hugh Masekela Celebrates South African Wedding Songs On ‘Jabulani’

Global Hit

Mannasseh Phiri, our DJ in Zambia, plays us a couple of tracks from Hugh Masekela’s latest album “Jabulani.” The album is a collection of traditional South African wedding songs Masekela heard growing up in the townships of Johannesburg.