Hugh Masakela


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Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (born April 4, 1939) is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer. He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela.

Masekela was born in Kwa-Guqa Township, Witbank, South Africa. He began singing and playing piano as a child. At age 14, after seeing the film Young Man With a Horn (in which Kirk Douglas plays a character ... more »

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  • ''The Afro-American experience is the only real culture that America has. Basically, every American tries to walk, talk, dress and behave like African Americans.''
    Hugh Masakela (b. 1939), South African jazz trumpeter. International Herald Tribune (Paris, May 17, 1990).
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