The Bungalow Road Jazz Show 11: BCUC Interview and Tribute to Hugh Masekela and Keorapetse Kgositsile Thu, 2018-01-25 21:01
The return of The Bungalow Road Jazz Show comes just after the sad loss of musician and activist Hugh Masekela, on 23rd January.
A trumpeter and singer with whose vocal opposition to apartheid saw him forced into exile from South Africa for 30 years, he spent time in Europe, the USA and Africa performing and recording with other musicians and garnering worldwide support for the fight against apartheid. He returned to South Africa in the 1990s and continued to perform and record across the world.
His legacy can particularly be heard across the array of music currently coming out of South Africa – including Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness aka BCUC, who I interviewed just before their London gig at Total Refreshment Centre.
January also saw the loss of poet laureate and activist Keorapetse Kgositsile. Another artist-in-exile, he left South Africa in the early 1960s and spent time living in the USA, becoming renowned for his spoken word in New York City Jazz clubs. In 1975 he returned to Africa to teach at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. He went on to teach across Southern and East Africa and, setting up the ANC education department in 1977. He returned t oSouth Africa in 1990.
Dudu Pukwana – Madodona
Hugh Masekela – Ashiko
Hugh Masekela – The Jungle
Hugh Masekela – Maseru
BCUC – Yinde
BCUC – Asazani
Hugh Masekela – Nomali
Keorapetse Kgositsile – For Johnny Dyani
Hugh Masekela – Mami Wata