Musician, composer, campaigner
One of the giants of South African music, Masekela’s work has closely charted the history of his country of birth. Throughout the 60s and 70s the legendary trumpeter’s music was inspired by the hardships and humiliations visited on his countrymen by the apartheid regime. His musical styles have ranged from township jazz and blues to funk and rock; he has toured with Paul Simon and appeared on stage with U2 and many others. Throughout his career he has remained outspoken on civil rights, and he has being steadfast in articulating and defending the heritage and culture of his fellow countrymen.