Legendary jazz icon, Hugh Masekela, is set to croon to jazz enthusiasts when he performs for the Mascom Live Sessions at Botswana Craft next Friday.
Bra Hugh, as he is affectionately referred to by his legion of fans, is set to share the stage with our own “Mr Rain”, Socca Moruakgomo, with his band as well as the Botswana Jazz Quintet.
Mascom Live Sessions is an initiative by the local cellular giants aimed at promoting and giving local artists a platform to perform with the best.
Masekela started singing and playing the piano at a tender age; he took up the trumpet at the age of 14. He has since headlined major jazz events all around the globe with his melodious tunes which include international chart toppers like Stimela, Grazing in the grass, Bring back Nelson Mandela, and Chileshe to mention but a few.
Many fans will hope he plays Mamoriri aka Thanayi one of his many tracks released centuries ago but can still be heard playing from duke boxes in cars driven by youths, some born long after the song was released.
Bra Hugh moved to Botswana (Gaborone) while in exile in the early 1980s and recorded the song Don’t go lose it Baby.
He used to play with a local band, Kalahari, that included the likes of John Selolwane, Banjo Mosele, Aubri Woki and Bully. It was during this time that he set up the Botswana International School of Music. Fearing for his safety Masekela relocated overseas after a South African Defence Force massacre, which killed 12 Batswana, including two of his close friends.
Tickets to the concert cost P300 and are on sale at Botswanacraft.