One of South Africas favourite musicians, Hugh Masekela, will be ringing in the New Year at one of Cape Town's most beautiful venues.
Hugh Masekela’s international jazz career spans over more than five decades and shows no sign of slowing down. Still travelling the world and making albums, 2012 saw him celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of his first collaboration with Paul Simon on the Graceland album and subsequent tour. The two icons reunited on a Hyde Park Stage on 15 July 2012. The anniversary celebration included the original Graceland band, led by guitarist Ray Phiri as well as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and reggae star, Jimmy Cliff. This celebratory concert marked the beginning of an anniversary tour that coincided with the release of a new edition of Graceland. This long standing friendship is typical of the man who has played with just about every top star you can think of and is as beloved in his native South Africa as he is across the world.
When Hugh Masekela became the only artist to take centre-stage before an audience of billions at both the 2010 FIFA Kick-Off and the event’s Opening Ceremony in the centre of Soweto’s Soccer City, it was a very public confirmation of the musician and songwriter’s unparalleled standing within the South African music scene as well as a reminder of his global reach.
Bra Hugh, as he is affectionately known, puts power and passion into his music and has put African music firmly on the map – to hear this man perform is a privilege and to have him perform at Kirstenbosch signals a New Year’s Eve that will resonate for many years to come.
Add to that the popular local group, Hot Water, who will open the evening with their special brand of entertainment. This diverse group has celebrated their unique music style during 2012 with a 40 day tour to Europe and a special "South Africa in Concert" performance at the renowned Royal Carre Theatre in Amsterdam.
Hugh Masekela is hosted by Drostdy-Hof and wines from their range will be available to concert-goers throughout the event.
Gates to the New Year's Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch Gardens open at 7:00pm and the concert starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are R270 each and available from webtickets.
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