Hugh Masekela Bio, Age, Net Worth 2021


Hugh Masekela Bio, Age, Net Worth 2021

Hugh Masekela Bio, Age, Net Worth 2021

Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, known as “the father of South African jazz,” was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer, and composer. Masekela was well-known for his jazz compositions and anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home.”

  • Born: 4 April 1939, Witbank
  • Died: 23 January 2018, Johannesburg
  • Spouse: Elinam Cofie (m. 1999–2018), Chris Calloway (m. 1968–1968), Miriam Makeba (m.
  • 1964–1966)
  • Children: Selema Masekela, Pula Twala
  • Parents: Thomas Selema Masekela, Pauline Bowers Masekela


Year Title Label (original issue)
1962 Trumpet Africaine Mercury (Aug)
1966 Grrr Mercury MG-21109, SR-61109 (Apr)
1966 The Americanization of Ooga Booga MGM E/SE-4372 (Jun)
1966 Hugh Masekela’s Next Album MGM E/SE-4415 (Dec)
1966 The Emancipation of Hugh Masekela Chisa Records CHS-4101
1967 Hugh Masekela’s Latest Uni 3010, 73010
1967 Hugh Masekela Is Alive and Well at the Whisky Uni 3015, 73015
1968 The Promise of a Future Uni 73028
1968 Africa ’68 Uni 73020
1968 The Lasting Impression of Hugh Masekela MGM E/SE-4468 (Dec)
1969 Masekela Uni 73041
1970 Reconstruction Chisa CS 803 (Jul)
1971 Hugh Masekela & The Union of South Africa Chisa CS 808 (May)
1972 Home Is Where the Music Is (aka The African Connection) Blue Thumb Chisa BTS 6003
1973 Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz Blue Thumb Chisa BTS 62
1974 I Am Not Afraid Blue Thumb Chisa BTS 6015
1975 The Boy’s Doin’ It Casablanca NBLP-7017 (Jun)
1976 Colonial Man Casablanca NBLP-7023 (Jan)
1976 Melody Maker Casablanca NBLP-7036
1977 You Told Your Mama Not to Worry Casablanca NBLP-7079
1978 Herb Alpert / Hugh Masekela Horizon SP-728
1978 Main Event Live (with Herb Alpert) A&M SP-4727
1982 Home Moonshine/Columbia
1984 Techno-Bush Jive Afrika
1985 Waiting for the Rain Jive Afrika
1987 Tomorrow Warner Bros.
1987 Uptownship Jive/Novus Records
1992 Beatin’ Aroun de Bush Novus Records
1994 Hope Triloka Records
1994 Stimela Connoisseur Collection
1996 Notes of Life Columbia/Music
1998 Black to the Future Shanachie Records
1999 The Best of Hugh Masekela on Novus RCA
1999 Sixty Shanachie
2001 Grazing in the Grass: The Best of Hugh Masekela Sony[66]
2002 Time Columbia
2002 Live at the BBC Strange Fruit
2003 The Collection Universal/Spectrum
2004 Still Grazing Blue Thumb
2005 Revival Heads Up
2005 Almost Like Being in Jazz Chissa Records
2006 The Chisa Years: 1965–1975 (Rare and Unreleased) BBE
2007 Live at the Market Theatre Four-Quarters Ent
2009 Phola Four-Quarters Ent
2012 Jabulani Listen 2
2011 Friends (Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis) House of Masekela
2012 Playing @ Work House of Masekela
2016 No Borders Universal Music
2020 Rejoice (Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela) World Circuit

Chart singles

Year Single Chart Positions
1967 “Up-Up and Away” 71 47
1968 “Grazing in the Grass” 1 1 6
“Puffin’ On Down the Track” 71 43
1969 “Riot” 55 21 55
1978 “Skokiaan”
with Herb Alpert
1984 “Don’t Go Lose It Baby” 67