A TRIBUTE TO WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA – MOTHER OF OUR NATION:
26/9/1936 – 2/4/1918
Fierce and Feisty
Who knew the mother you were
Than the downtrodden
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!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Special greetings to all of you on this Sunday coming down. Remember to wait for your sunset if you’d like to enjoy this with your last glass of wine or whatever your pleasure is, as your weekend draws to a close and you prepare for the week ahead. Today’s songs are all selected from my collection of musicians whose names begin with “H” I fell in love with Herbie Hancock’s music one day while browsing through a small CD store and together with other customers, was mesmerised listening to the speakers overhead,alluring us with the sounds of Herbie Hancock playing RIVER from the Joni Mitchell Letters. Be sure to also listen to Houston Person’s “If it’s the last thing I do” – I’m dedicating that song to Joan from Just Joan for that Jazz club evening we always talk about. Have yourselves a fine weekend y’all!!🎉💫❤️❤️❤️✨✨✨💥
As Bonus tracks, I’ve thrown in our very own veteran musician, Bra Hugh Masekela. Feel the rhythm and the beat of South Africa from this talented and renowned trumpeter who is now 77 years old, playing GRAZING IN THE GRASS in Santa Cruz (Listen to those drums and watch Bra Hugh’s moves at the end) and, THE MARKETPLACE in Berlin- having oh so much fun!!!