Hugh Masekela’s 70th Birthday Speech

Thoughts/quotes about music, and about fifty ways to lose your freedom, from Masekela speaking on the occasion of his 70th Birthday at the Cape Town Jazz Festival. Here’s the first bit of coverage.

“South African music affected the world because we are the people who sing about the quality of our life, not like in the US where they sing about love. In Africa politicians fear the musical commentary,”

“If you are not jealous and vigilant about your freedom they will take it away from you while you are sleeping. If you don’t believe me look at Zimbabwe and you will see what I mean.”

With those words, I understand the sprightly 70-year old skipped off to have lunch with Nelson Mandela.

Another piece HERE

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