Hugh Masekela to headline heritage concert


    World-renowned jazz musician and South African legend Hugh Masekela (Bra Hugh) will add his voice to this month’s heritage celebrations in a festival in Soweto featuring a diverse line-up of acts handpicked by the great man himself.

    The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival, at the Soweto Cricket Oval (also known as the Elkah Cricket Stadium) in Lefatola Street, Rockville on September 28, will feature top acts such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Mi Casa, Phuzekhemisi, Khaya Mahlangu, Jeremy Loops, Pu2ma and Desmond and the Tutus.

    Mariëtte Oosthuizen, Senior Specialist Brand and Advertising: Group Corporate Affairs for sponsors Assopul, said, “It is Heritage Month, and with this event we aim to encourage the celebration of our diverse South African heritage. The festival is our way of celebrating, communicating and preserving our rich heritage.”

    Hugh-Masekela-250Apart from the legend himself, the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival will also include a mix of jazz, rock, kwaito, house and traditional maskandi music (Image: Hugh Masekela Official Site)She said 74-year-old Masekela – who is a brand ambassador for the insurance company – has not forgotten his roots and the festival was his brainchild. Oosthuizen said the trumpeter felt that while South Africa had a wealth of history, heritage and culture, this was “being consumed by other countries and other cultures which, should this continue, will lead to our heritage disappearing”.

    “It was a personal request from Bra Hugh, as he hasn’t played in Soweto for a number of years. In keeping with our theme of heritage, there are few places in South Africa that store such a rich and diverse wealth of history as Soweto. Many famous and unsung heroes in our country were Sowetans who contributed to making our beautiful country what it is today. This is a celebration of them and the vibrant Sowetans of today,” said Oosthuizen.

    Soweto TV and Jozi FM will be presenting the concert, which is hoped to become an annual event, and proceeds will go to the Hugh Masekela Heritage Trust.

    Oosthuizen said music lovers should not miss the event. “We will have a mix of jazz, rock, kwaito, house and traditional maskandi music on offer. It will be a great day out for the family as well. We are expecting 5 000 people at this family event. Kids are welcome with their parents and there will be various entertainment and play areas for the little ones.”

    Food and drink will be on sale and there will be secure parking. Gates open at noon, with the festival starting at 2pm and ending at 10.30pm.

    Pre-sale tickets for R100 are available through Computicket or from Shoprite Checkers stores. Tickets will be sold at the gate for R150, and children under 12 and pensioners enter free.

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