South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela Dies

South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela died on Tuesday aged 78, his family announced, triggering an outpouring of tributes to his music, his long career and his anti-apartheid activism.

“After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg,” Masekela’s family said in a statement.

It hailed his “activist contribution” to music, which it said, “was contained in the minds and memory of millions.”

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that “the nation has lost a one-of-a-kind musician.”

“He uplifted the soul of our nation through his timeless music.”

Masekela fled apartheid South Africa in the early 1960s and did not return for three decades until after the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990.

Among his greatest hits were the anthem “Bring Him Back Home”, demanding Mandela’s freedom from jail, and “Grazing in the Grass”.

Keeping up his international touring schedule into his 70s with energetic shows, his concerts at home often exploded into sing-alongs.

A teenaged Masekela was handed his first trumpet — and later a Louis Armstrong hand-me-down — through anti-apartheid activist priest Father Trevor Huddlestone.

“I took to it like a fish to water. I was a natural,” he recalled.

AFP

Nigerian Acts Win Big At 2016 MAMA Awards

yemi alade 3Nigerian artistes had a good outing at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards with Wizkid, Yemi Alade and Tekno emerging big winners.

Wizkid won three major awards on the night as Artist of the Year, Best Male, and Best Collaboration.

Sensational singer, Yemi Alade, won the Best Female, while Tekno was named Best Breakthrough Act.

In that category, she went up against Tiwa Savage, Supreme Mavin Dynasty (SMD), Josey, Vanessa Mdee and Mz Vee.

From South Africa, Cassper Nyovest won the Best Live Act while Emtee came tops in the Best Hip Hop Category.

Controversial athlete, Caster Semenya was named the 2016 Person of the Year while South African trumpeter, composer, and singer, Hugh Masekela got a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sauti Sol from Kenya got the award for the Best Group.

The event held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on Saturday was hosted by Television personality and businesswoman, Bonang Matheba.

See below a full list of the winners.

  • Artist of the Year: Wizkid (Nigeria)
  • Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
  • Best Male: Wizkid (Nigeria)
  • Best Group: Sauti Sol (Kenya)
  • Best Breakthrough Act: Tekno (Nigeria)
  • Best Live Act: Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
  • Best Hip Hop in association with MTN: Emtee (South Africa)
  • Song of the Year in partnership with Google: “My Woman, My Everything” Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria)
  • Listener’s Choice: Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)
  • Video of the Year: “Niquer Ma Vie” – Youssoupha (Congo) – Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon
  • Best Pop & Alternative: Shekinah & Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)
  • Best Francophone: Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)
  • Best Lusophone: C4 Pedro (Angola)
  • Personality of the Year in association with DSTV: Caster Semenya (South Africa)
  • Legend Award: Hugh Masekela
  • Best Collaboration in partnership with ABSOLUT: DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Buckz – “Soweto Baby” (South Africa/Nigeria)
  • Africa Reimagined: Vivian Onano and Mary Taedzerwa
  • Best International: Drake (USA)

Akon, Hugh Masekela to grace Calabar Festival

Barely a week to the commencement of the Calabar festival, the SA event Management, Cross River State, Mr Nzan Ugbe has released the itinerary for the 31 days event.

The S.A. events management of Cross River state; Mr. Nzan ugbe has reeled out the itinerary for the Calabar Festival; a 31-day event which will kick-start on Friday,

According to him, topping the list of the list of international and local musicians expected to perform at the event are R & B and hip hop recording artist, Akon and legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela at the 2012 Calabar Festival.

Akon who owns and manages two successful record labels, convict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution, will be performing at the festival for a second time.

Nigeria’s biggest music stars such as 2 Face, MI, Ice Prince, P-Square, Wizkid, J Martins and Naeto C are also billed to perform during the 31 – day event.

Other local acts include Timaya, Duncan Mighty, Ruggedman, Wande Coal, Iyanya, Nigg a Raw,Flavour and the Azonto exponent, Sakordie from Ghana.

Speaking Music Genres, Jazz music lovers have also been catered for by the organizers of the Festival they lined up Jonathan Butler, Kunle Ayo and Moses Philips to perform at the Jazz in Paradise segment of the festival.

Comedians have also been invited to be part of the event to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

The list includes I Go Die,Klint de Drunk, Shirman, Julius Agwu, Gordons, Akpororo, MC Mbakara, Prof. Aboki, White Nigerian, Last Prophet,  Headmaster, Whokes and Robert Ekpo.

For the Calabar praise Night, the list of artists is no less impressive as respected acts like Sammy Okposo,Hope Davies, Sinach, Sabina, Ohen de prophet, Kingsley Agbor and Godswill Daniel.

The festival will also witness the commissioning of a cinema, where the movie; streets of Calabar will premiere.

There will also be the Festival of Arts and Craft, golf and football matches, the selection of a new Calabar Carnival Queen and the Green concert among other new additions to the yearly event.