Song of the Week: Stimela (Coal Train)

Tribute to Hugh Masekela – Rest in Peace Bra Hugh! 

            ( 4th April 1939 – 23 January 2018)

One of our great ICONS of Jazz, Hugh Masekela, passed away this week at the age of 78. Apart from being twice a  Grammy award award winner and playing with great musicians all over the world, he has been one of those artists who has not only given us pleasure through his music but has also been a disciple and commentator of what is wrong with our world. He has indeed been one of our liberators.

Many tributes have poured in over radio and television this week and those who know Hugh Masekela’s music will know “Grazin the grass”.  Stimela (meaning train) has been one of the songs that has played on  many radio stations this week. It is very dramatically presented, simulating the sound of a train as it recounts  the lives of migrant workers coming to South Africa on whose back the wealth of our Gold, Diamonds and Coal platinum and other minerals have been mined.  The jovial character of Hugh has also been much spoken of this week so while this song deals with serious issues, I’ve offered various versions for you to enjoy the art of the musician. Have a great week ahead!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️