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    Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:42:20

    Sal Masekela Raising Awareness About South African Culture  - He will spend the Fall dedicating his time to this cause

    Referred to as the voice of our generation, and well-known as the (former) host of E! Entertainment Daily 10, ESPN's "X-Games" and the "Winter X Games," Sal Masekela has announced that he will be spending time in Amherst, Boston and New York City this Fall to help raise awareness about the exportation of culture in South Africa. His first engagement is on October 13 at the UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst, MA, where Masekela will join his father, Hugh Masekela, world-renowned musical legend and political activist, in discussing music, sports and South African culture. Three days following, on October 16, he will attend a performance by his father at Carnegie Hall, whose signature blend of jazz and pop infused with the music of his native South Africa, will be seen live for the first time since 2003.

    On October 12 and 13, the Center Series at the UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst, MA will be hosting a residency and performance by Hugh Masekela. They will be screening the ESPN documentary, Umlando, a journey of Masekela through South Africa with his father, which was broadcast during the World Cup, as well as develop some residency projects in conjunction with this engagement. Sal Masekela will speak to students in Professor Brian Bunk's Sport and Race in the Twentieth Century course and join his father on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 13. These events would be part of a larger campus-wide project entitled the Feinberg Family Memorial Lecture. This year's series, which is coordinated through the history department, focuses on the theme of Sport in Society and History.

    On Saturday, October 16, Sal will again join his father, celebrated trumpeter and composer, Hugh Masekela, who will bring his signature sound — jazz and pop blended with the music of his South African roots — to Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall for the first time since 2003. Over the course of his 50-year career, Hugh Masekela has journeyed from apartheid South Africa to the forefront of the world music scene, and has been heralded for his innovation in both the jazz and world music genres. He has released over 25 records and collaborated with artists throughout the US, Africa, and Europe including Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, and Herb Albert. Hugh Masekela's work as an activist raised international awareness of the South African government's restrictive apartheid policies, and his hit song "Bring Him Back Home" became an anthem for the "Free Nelson Mandela" movement in the 1980's. In the 1980's, Hugh Masekela also toured with Paul Simon in support of Simon's album Graceland, which featured other South African artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, and other elements of the band Kalahari. He continues to conduct educational residencies and maintains an extensive touring schedule.

    Are you interested in learning more about South African culture via Masekela?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    10.04.10




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