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Hugh Masekela: King of the Flugelhorn

March 8, 2011

Hugh Masekela is one of the most recognized, beloved figures in music. His success gave mainstream media attention to "township jazz," inspired several generations of South African musicians, and was a defining influence in shaping our perception of South African music. In this video interview, he reflects on his life and work, and what motivates him now.

The video captures footage of his recent concert for SFJazz at the Palace of Fine Arts, whose assistance was invaluable in creating the video. Also included is footage from several earlier concerts, and an audio interview with 84-year-old Harry Belafonte, a father-figure in Masekela's life, and also one of Masekela's current band members, drummer Lee-Roy Sauls.

Produced by Tritone Media

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.National Endowment for the Arts

Tal Skloot is the owner of Tritonemedia, a production company that specializes in the performing arts and story based media. He has worked on numerous feature films and Emmy award winning documentaries. His documentary 'Freeway Philharmonic' recently toured the globe as part of the U.S. State Department sponsored American Documentary Showcase.


beautiful little film, wonderfully edited.  hugh shines through, and we get a sense of his whole life in just a few minutes...kudos to the director