Sixty

Sixty

by Hugh Masekela
     
 
Presumably to commemorate his 60th birthday, Hugh Masekela released an album of primarily African works. The album starts with a tribute to Fela, a kindred spirit in African horn playing and a friend of Masekela. After that, it moves on through a number of traditional songs and trips down memory lane. The liner notes give a good deal of background information on each

Overview

Presumably to commemorate his 60th birthday, Hugh Masekela released an album of primarily African works. The album starts with a tribute to Fela, a kindred spirit in African horn playing and a friend of Masekela. After that, it moves on through a number of traditional songs and trips down memory lane. The liner notes give a good deal of background information on each of the songs (always a plus). From time to time, the music seems to slip into something of a contemporary Harry Belafonte-esque sound (which perhaps might not be completely surprising, given the repeated collaborations between Belafonte and Miriam Makeba, coupled with Masekela's marriage to Makeba). Despite (or due to) any such similarities that may arise, this is international pop at its best. Also, the backing vocals of the Family Factory group are exceptional, at the very least. For fans of "Grazin' in the Grass," this album might not be too well suited to you. For fans of basic African pop, jazz, highlife, and worldbeat, it's probably a good find.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351507020
catalogNumber:
5070

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hugh Masekela   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Victor Ntoni   Bass
John Selolwane   Guitar
Vusi Khumalo   Drums
Don Laka   Bass,Piano,Strings,Electric Piano,Brass
Kenny Mathaba   Guitar
Dave Reynolds   Steel Drums
Inoocent Modiba   Vocals
Stephen Molakeng   Vocals
Fana Zulu   Bass
Sibongile Makgathe   Vocals
Thabo Mdluli   Vocals
Margaret Motsage   Vocals
Nonhlanhla Radebe   Vocals
Vicky Vilakazi   Vocals
Arthur Tshabalala   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Godfrey Mgcina   Percussion

Technical Credits

Hugh Masekela   Executive Producer
Letta Mbulu   Composer
Caiphus Semenya   Composer
Don Laka   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Rhythm   Liner Notes
Peter Pearlson   Engineer

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