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Black to the Future

Hugh Masekela

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Album Review

Black to the Future is a fairly standard latter-day Hugh Masekela album, falling somewhere between accessible worldbeat and tuneful fusion. Granted, Masekela has been mining this ground for some time, but there is a bit of a difference here, particularly the genuine sound of some of the polyrhythms and the way the group locks into a supple groove. There's not much in the way of jazz improvisation, but the record nevertheless has an appealing, sunny feel.


Born: 04 April 1939 in Witbank, South Africa

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Hugh Masekela has an extensive jazz background and credentials, but has enjoyed major success as one of the earliest leaders in the world fusion mode. Masekela's vibrant trumpet and flügelhorn solos have been featured in pop, R&B, disco, Afro-pop, and jazz contexts. He's had American and international hits, worked with bands around the world, and played with African, African-American, European, and various American musicians during a stellar career. His style, especially on flügelhorn, is a charismatic...
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