Yesterday would have been South Africa music legend Hugh Masekela’s 80th birthday.
He returned to South Africa in 1990 after some 30 years in exile, after being banished from South Africa by the country’s apartheid government. He saw Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, and election as South Africa’s first black president, just a few years after the release of his song “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela).” Fittingly, Masekela’s music was the soundtrack to the event, according to Google.
His 1968 single “Grazing in the Grass” hit #1 on the U.S. pop charts, and he collaborated with legendary artists, including Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Fela Kuti. His recording of “Grazing in the Grass” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame last year.
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