Recently, I had the opportunity of meeting South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela at an event in Accra. We spoke about an interview but he couldn't adjust his busy schedule to accomodate it before returning to SA.
He had come in to perform at a charity fund raising organised by my friend, ex-beauty queen (Miss Ghana 2002) Shaida Buari. He auctioned off one of his trumpets whch was snapped up by Mike Adenuga for $35,000!
He performed some great hits like Fela's Lady and one other song by Orlndo Julius Ekemode plus one of his own great songs. I had looked forward to hearing my favourite of his, Chileshe but he didn't do that.
Anyway, big ups to a great African. Long live Hugh Masekela
Graduate of University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Chief Editor, Goal.com Nigeria edition. Former Online Editor and West African Correspondent based in Ghana for TELL Magazine, Lagos. Alumnus International Institute of Journalism (INWENT), Berlin; Reuters Foundation and Agence France Presse (AFP) Foundation. Photographs published in USAToday, BBC Focus on Africa magazine, AllAfrica.com, The Guardian, ThisDay, The Punch, Showbiz and Daily Graphic (Ghana). Photos exhibited in Krakow, Poland. Nominee Journalist of the year at The Future Awards, Nigeria 2010.