Hugh Masekela To Tour North America With African Odyssey 2000

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela will be joined by soprano Sibongile Khumalo.

South African trumpet and flugelhorn legend

COLOR="#003163">Hugh Masekela will play North America this

summer under the banner of the Kennedy Center African Odyssey 2000 Tour.

A longtime champion of his native land's causes and musicians, Masekela

will bring along acclaimed South African soprano

COLOR="#003163">Sibongile Khumalo. Masekela also will perform

Sept. 18 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Although Masekela is most recognized here for his 1968 pop hit "Grazin'

in the Grass," his accomplishments and associations are remarkably

diverse. He played with pianist Abdullah

Ibrahim in Jazz Epistle Verse

I, credited with being the first South African group to

record an LP, prior to fleeing his apartheid-racked country in 1960.

Masekela went on to co-create the Broadway musical "Sarafina," protest

the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela with his 1987 song "Bring Back Nelson

Mandela," join Paul Simon's

groundbreaking, back-to-South AfricaGraceland tour and hook up

with late afrobeat king Fela Anikulapo

Kuti.

Masekela pays tribute to Kuti with "Fela," the opening song on his new

Shanachie album, Sixty. Released Tuesday, the album celebrates

the trumpeter's 60th birthday.

Khumalo has been honored for her skill in singing traditional South

African, European classical and jazz styles; one of her concerts was

titled "The Three Faces of Sibongile Khumalo." She has performed in

various musicals, including "Goree" (which toured Europe and North

America), sung the title role of

COLOR="#003163">Bizet's "Carmen" (in Durban, South Africa)

and performed Verdi's "Requiem" with

the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kennedy Center African Odyssey 2000 Tour dates:

June 19; St. Louis, Mo.; Juneteenth Heritage and Jazz Festival

June 23; Detroit, Mich.; Orchestral Hall

June 24; Chicago, Ill.; Museum of Contemporary Art Solstice Festival

June 25; Toronto, Ontario; JVC Jazz Festival

June 27; Arcata, Calif.; Humboldt State University

June 28; San Francisco, Calif.; The Fillmore

June 29; Los Angeles, Calif.; California Plaza

June 30; Boulder, Colo.; Fox Theater

July 1; Englewood, Colo.; Gothic Theater

July 2; Quincy, Calif.; High Sierra Music Festival