Hugh Masekela

+ Somi

27 October 2014 / 19:30

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One of the world's all-time greatest horn players celebrates his 75th birthday with his full band. The opening set will come from jazz vocalist Somi.

Hugh Masekela's voice has long spoken out in his country’s struggle for civil rights, whilst his soaring, joyful trumpet sound brims with warmth and bristles with elements of township jazz, hip-hop and funk. Universally considered one of the world’s all-time greatest horn players, he remains, in the words of the Independent; ‘a musician of phenomenal grace and power...still blessed with a voice that can strip the leaves from the trees.’

Originally from East Africa and now based in New York, Somi developed her rich vocal sound in America, and as a young artist was mentored by Hugh Masekela. She moved to Lagos in search of artistic inspiration and clearly found it, her evolution apparent in her new album, The Lagos Music Salon, out now on OKeh.

Somi’s hybrid style of music that integrates the essence of jazz and soul with the musical depth of her African heritage has attracted collaborations from Paul Simon to Ibrahim Maalouf.

‘The earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves’ JazzTimes

 Hugh Masekela - 'Stimela'

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