AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

It’s Bra Hugh’s birthday today. Well into his seventies, Hughie as his friend Dizzy Gillepsie used to call him, demonstrates no interest in laying off from touring. To celebrate, we’ll bump a bit of “I Am Not Afraid”; or maybe tap into his Hedzoleh Sounds era; or perhaps go buckwild to some Union Of South Africa (alongside Caiphus Semenya and Jonas Gwangwa). Who knows, we might even cruise past his electronic stuff in the eighties; Techno Bush maybe. By the time Sunday comes, we’ll be cold chilling with him and his old buddy Larry Willis on their “Friends” album.

As a bonus, here’s a video, released 2 days ago, of Bra Hugh performing a Bob Dylan cover for his departed friend, the photographer Alf Kumalo (the man who took that iconic photograph of “a young 16-year old Hugh Masekela leaping in the air, clutching the trumpet that had been sent to him by Louis Armstrong”):

Happy birthday Bra Hughie!

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Ngoan'a Nts'oana

A writer first and foremost. Interested in documenting people's lives and sparking a conversation using words


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