Masekela, Hugh (jazz) (Ramopolo)
- Charles de Ledesma
- , revised by Barry Kernfeld
(b Witbank, South Africa, April 4, 1939). South African trumpeter, flugelhorn player, and singer. At the age of 19 he joined Alfred Herbert’s African Jazz Revue, which played an amalgam of jazz and mbaqanga, a type of popular music from the South African townships. He was a member from late 1959 to early 1960 of the Jazz Epistles, a pioneering South African group which played a form of “township bop,” then around 1960 he left South Africa to pursue studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London. While serving as music director for his childhood sweetheart, the folksinger Miriam Makeba, he went to New York and studied at the Manhattan School of Music; the couple were married from 1964 to 1966. After moving to California, over the next ten years Masekela recorded eight albums on his own label, Chisa, in a style that may be described as African cool jazz. In ...