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Hugh Masekela (1939–2018)

Hugh Masekela was born on April 4, 1939 in Wilbank, South Africa as Hugh Ramapolo Masekela. He was married to Elinam Cofie, Jabu Mbatha, Chris Calloway and Miriam Makeba. He died on January 23, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. See full bio »

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 2017 Battle of the Sexes (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2016 The Last Ship (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sea Change (2016) ... (performer: "Afro Beat Blues" - uncredited)
 2014 Blended (performer: "Kwela Kwela") / (writer: "Kwela Kwela")
 2014 Small Time (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes, 2012) (performer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Free at Last (2012) ... (performer: "Stimela Coal Train" - as Hugh Rampapolo Masekela) / (writer: "Stimela Coal Train" - as Hugh Rampapolo Masekela)
- Have You Heard from Johannesburg: The Bottom Line (2012) ... (writer: "Soweto Blues")
 2008 Game Boys (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2007 Talk to Me (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2006/I Bobby (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2006 The Last King of Scotland (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2004 Against the Ropes (performer: "Hale Se Le Di Khanna")
 2003 Duplex (performer: "Grazing in the Grass" (Instrumental) (1968))
 2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie (performer: "Motla Le Pula (The Rainmaker)") / (writer: "Motla Le Pula (The Rainmaker)")
 1996 I Shot Andy Warhol (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 1995 Vampire in Brooklyn (performer: "No Woman, No Cry")
 1992 Sarafina! (performer: "Sarafina!", "Sechaba") / (writer: "Sarafina!")
 1985 The Jewel of the Nile (performer: "African Breeze") / (producer: "African Breeze")
 1968 Monterey Pop (Documentary) (performer: "Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song)")
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In 1968, his instrumental recording of "Grazing in the Grass" went to #1 in the United States. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela

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He was a jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer. He started playing trumpet at 14, and had an influential role in the music scene in Johannesburg as a member of the Jazz Epistles. In the 1960s, he went into exile in the UK and the US where he used music to spread awareness of the oppressive system of apartheid in South Africa. In 1968, he had an international number-one instrumental hit with "... See more »

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