Time

Time

by Hugh Masekela
     
 
Since his return to South Africa in 1990, Hugh Masekela has become a national musical icon. And his music has taken on more of the flavor of his homeland, too, all of which is quite in evidence on Time. Of course, this being Masekela, he's not going to be penned into one style, as he shows on "Conchita," his bubbling celebration of Latin music, which

Overview

Since his return to South Africa in 1990, Hugh Masekela has become a national musical icon. And his music has taken on more of the flavor of his homeland, too, all of which is quite in evidence on Time. Of course, this being Masekela, he's not going to be penned into one style, as he shows on "Conchita," his bubbling celebration of Latin music, which name-checks every icon of the genre. But it's township jazz that's always been at the backbone of his sound, and it's there in his revisiting of "Part of a Whole," which he first recorded over 30 years ago. Even if it's township lite these days, more accessible than the real hardcore stuff, there's no doubt his heart is very much in the right place. He's not afraid to be political, either, touching on civil rights, dictators, and reminding people that an older generation hasn't necessarily lost touch with enjoying the pleasures of the world. From South African gospel to the slightly rougher feel of mbaqanga, and even the more contemporary kwaito (South Africa's disco-fied version of hip-hop) on "Old People, Young Folks," this album keeps its feet on the ground at home. About the only thing missing is that Masekela focuses more on his gritty, warm vocals, rather than his excellent trumpet playing. But he seems happy enough with that, and the sense of jubilation surrounding the disc glows peacefully.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998695320
catalogNumber:
86953

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hugh Masekela   Primary Artist,Vocals
McCoy Mrubata   Alto Saxophone
Barney Rachabane   Alto Saxophone
John Hassan   Percussion
Lawrence Matshiza   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jasper Cook   Trombone
Makhaya Mahlangu   Tenor Saxophone
Sazi Dlamini   Vocals
Margaret Motsage   Vocals
Vicky Vilakazi   Vocals
Mandla Zikalala   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Prince Lengoasa   Trumpet
Sello Montwedi   Drums
Arthur Tshabalala   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Hugh Masekela   Arranger
Lawrence Matshiza   Associate Arranger
Victor Ntoni   Arranger
Makhaya Mahlangu   Arranger,Producer
Rick Mitchell   Engineer
Mandla Zikalala   Associate Arranger
Blondie Makhene   Arranger,Producer
Arthur Tshabalala   Associate Arranger
Khaya Mahlangu   Producer
Richard Mitchell   Engineer

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