South African trumpet and flugelhorn legend
COLOR="#003163">Hugh Masekelawill 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
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