Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Hugh Masekela’s ‘Stimela’ gets a makeover

R&B singer-songwriter Wynter Gordon is taking a considerable step outside her comfortable mid-commercial range with her new single ‘Stimela’ and its self-directed video, but it’s hard to argue that it isn’t reeking of the worst type of structural World Music arrogance. It practically has it all: the cleverly metaphorical words from Hugh Masekela’s lament of migrant workers reduced

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

British Rapper Nate’s ‘Africa’

British rapper Nate sampling Hugh Masekela’s Stimela in his ‘Africa’ (for which he gets some help from Cyclonious, Dark Matter and Jalex). The video seems to have been recorded in a Gambian coastal town but I’m not...

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Coal Train

Hugh Masekela, the giant trumpet player (he had a Billboard no.1 hit in 1968. People forget that), has a new show, “Songs of Migration,” that just played  in Johannesburg (a decent review of the show over at...