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7/29-30 The name is Masakela. Hugh Masakela

Posted by novoscene on July 28, 2008

Over the next 6 days Yoshi’s is pulling out the big guns, or rather the big trumpets, as living legend Hugh Masekela swings through for a mini residency at both the Oakland and SF locations. Masekela is a tireless performer and social justice activist who’s been blasting the big tunes for the last 50 years, (come on people-50 years!!!!) and has worked with everyone from Miriam Makeba and Fela Kuti to Herb Albert and Paul Simon. At 69 years old he’s still going strong, weaving the sounds and rhythms of his native South Africa through a jazz and pop tapestry that’s gained him an international following and worldwide acclaim.

It’d be hard to overstate his importance to the world music scene or the depth of his efforts to bridge cultural divides through art. Years before the notion of a “global village” became popular, Masekela was breaking down barriers with his music. He’ll be in Oakland Tuesday and Wednesday night before rounding out the week in San Francisco. Catch one of his shows to hear up close and personal just what greatness sounds like.-kwan

Masekela with Paul Simon

Hugh Masekela
7/29 and 7/30
$22 all shows
8pm and 10pm both nights
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA


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