The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation celebrate Bra Hugh’s cultural legacy on the 4th anniversary of his passing, January 23rd 2022, with The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 2021 online on www.skyroomlive.com at 8pm. “My biggest obsession is to show Africans, and the world, who the people of Africa really are.” Hugh Masekela once said.
With a line-up that features music, dance and spoken word, this year’s audience will be treated to performances by Msaki, Langa Mavuso, Mandisi Dyantyis, Berita, Muneyi, Gcina Mhlophe and Tsogang Bana Dance Group, as well as tributes to two of Bra Hugh’s great musical compatriots and collaborators Sibongile Khumalo, with her daughter Ayanda Khumalo, and Tsepo Tshola, with local artist Mandla Ntlaks.
Expect to be delighted by an eclectic mix of hits and Masekela bits. The show is hosted by comedian Kagiso Lediga who once presented a TV show called The Bantu Hour with Bra Hugh. Inspired by Bra Hugh, this year’s festival theme of “Looking Ahead…And What We Bring With Us”, reflects the basic template he set for the festival’s line-up; a strong lean into African tradition, the innovative voice of the African streets and the African soul, and an eclectic African syntax that defies the locked boxes of genre and type. As always, the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival will showcase Bra Hugh’s eclectic and broad vision of culture, music and heritage.
“January 23rd, 2022 will mark the 4th anniversary of my uncle Hugh’s passing. It seemed appropriate, in keeping with the tremendous creative energy that marked his phenomenal life, that we celebrate his passing with some spark, some echo of that incomparable creative spirit of collaboration, tradition, innovation, heritage, music and laughter. The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival has proved to be a lasting emblem to Bra Hugh’s vision of an enduring homage to, and the enduring existence of, African heritage and identity.” Says Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh’ nephew and festival co-organizer, on the choice of 23rd of January for the transmission of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival.