Friday, 27 February 2009

Hugh Masekela

There is a loose thematic link with yesterday's post. You may recall that Lord Melody fell for the charms of Madame Rasta while strolling through a street market. Well it turns out that exactly the same thing happened to Hugh Masekela in the Congo. Markets are clearly the place to go if you are looking for romance, so I'll be off to Petticoat Lane on Sunday morning in the hope of bumping into the future Mrs Goggins. In the meantime, here is Hugh to tell us about his experience. The song is called, simply enough, "Market Place".

I am sure you are familiar with Hugh Masekela - he started out in South Africa in the 1950s before going into exile in the early 1960s, had a number one hit in the US with "Grazin' in the Grass" in the mid-1960s, and is still going strong and is as good as ever today. As well as his own records, his distinctive trumpet sound can be heard backing innumerable other acts, including The Byrds on "So you want to be a rock 'n roll star" and Tsepo Tshola on this track - "Nonyana". Tsepo is from Lesotho, the tiny mountain kingdom entirely surrounded by South Africa, and this is from his 2002 album "A New Dawn", which Hugh co-produced.

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