Hugh Masekela Interview_ 258

Hugh Masakela @ Tarrytown Music Hall –

I just got word that the great Hugh Masekela passed away.  This week we revisit a 2013 interview with him.

Hugh Masekela is the most well known jazz musician from Africa.  His first big hit was in 1968 and he has sold millions of albums, won multiple Grammys and worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Dizzy Gillespie. Fresh off a tour with Paul Simon, he and his band are super-refined, with perfect vocal harmonies, deep grooves, and inspired improvisations.    Masekela is considered a legend of South African Music and the apartheid struggle, but that’s not how he see’s it.

I got to spend sometime backstage with him and now so do you!


Here’s one quote from the interview:

“I never had a career, I had an obsession with music.  And my obsession with it, and maybe a little gift that I had, threw me into the area, but my aim, even when I came overseas, was to learn and to study and everything else is a coincidence.  But I didn’t plan to make it for myself.   If you look at anybody who is out there to make it for themselves they self-destruct.  They become very big and then they self-destruct. As long as you’ve got the “me” thing in your head you’re doomed.” – Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela with David Ellenbogen


Georgia’s Group Iberi – Podcast 257

The Iberi Choir brings the Georgian Polyphonic Traditional vocal singing around the world. Fresh after a triumphant performance at Global Fest, we sit down with their leader Buba Murghulia and listen to tracks from their album “First”

Georgian Folk Choir “Iberi” was established officially on September 3, 2012. The idea of the Group formation was initiated by singer Buba Murgulia who from 1994 to 1996 was a member of the State Ensemble for Song and Dance, he was a member of “Kapela” as well as vocal group Ensembles under Technical University of Georgia from 1995 to 2000 and in 2010 he was a member of the Group “The Shin”, participating at that in European and Georgian concerts of the above mentioned Group. B. Murghulia is also the member of the bands of successful Georgian Composers Zaza Marjanishvili and David Malazonia`s Ethno Jazz Band “IRIAO”. Together with the Head of the Group Buba Murghulia the Group comprises 9 performers and majority of them have been in this field for a long period of time.