Into Music Society, Legendary Events to honour Hugh Masekela
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.