For almost five decades, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela has been showcasing his blend of jazz and African rhythms around the world, as well as trumpeting the cause of liberation in his country. His outspoken criticism of apartheid led to death threats from the South African government and thirty years in exile. Following Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, Masekela returned home to South Africa in 1990. He continues to perform extensively throughout the world. His latest tour brings Masekela to Hartford, Connecticut this weekend. WFCR’s Kari Njiiri reports.
Hugh Masekela performs in Hartford this Sunday evening at 7:30 at the Hartford Stage. He also conducts a workshop Saturday at noon at the Artists’ Collective. His appearance is part of a series of events taking place in the city this weekend to celebrate ten years of democracy in South Africa. Barbara Masekela, the trumpeter’s sister and South Africa’s Ambassador to the US, will also be in Hartford Saturday, participating in a panel discussion on the progress of her country ten years after apartheid. The discussion at the Wadsworth Atheneum begins at 11:00 am, and is presented in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit African Art, African Voices: Long Steps Never Broke a Back, which is on view at the Wadsworth through mid June.