Into Music So­ci­ety, Leg­endary Events to hon­our Hugh Masekela

Swazi Observer - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Lusito Tsela

THE African music in­dus­try was shat­tered by the demise of South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela.

The sad news did not only shake his na­tive coun­try but the whole world as the icon left a mark in the music in­dus­try.

In that case, Into Music So­ci­ety and Leg­endary Events will host their an­nual In­ter­na­tional Jazz Day Con­cert at The Swazi­land Theatre Club on April 30 in hon­our of the leg­end. This was re­vealed by Nelisa Law­ton say­ing, “UNESCO de­clared April 30 as the In­ter­na­na­tional Jazz Day, hence it is cel­e­brated around the world with jazz con­certs and other jazz re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, such as jazz art ex­hi­bi­tions and jazz movies, to name a few.” Law­ton added that with the pass­ing of the leg­end Hugh Masekela last week, they have de­cided to ded­i­cate this year's con­cert as a trib­ute for him. “We have pre­vi­ously hosted Hugh at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, and he was a long time friend of our director Pros­per Mpofu. To­gether with Amer­i­can jazz greats, Her­bie Han­cock and the late Al Jar­reau, Hugh was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up and per­form­ing in all the main In­ter­na­tional Jazz Day con­certs around the world and for these rea­sons, we have been in­un­dated with re­quests for a trib­ute con­cert from lo­cal Hugh fans, thus de­cided that Jazz Day would be the best day since it was close to Hugh's heart,” said Law­ton. Law­ton con­tin­ued say­ing, “to­gether with our usual pro­gramme for the con­cert, we will fea­ture Itallo and Ju­dah who will per­form a num­ber of Hugh's well loved songs dat­ing back from the 60s to the last decade.”

Law­ton said it will cer­tainly be a roof rais­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, just like Hugh would have liked it to be. She urged not only jazz sup­port­ers but music lovers as well to come pay trib­ute to the jazz leg­end for they will have a time of their lives.

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