By Jonathan Mbiriyamveka
Harare ‑ South Africa’s Hugh Masekela and Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi have joined forces as part of stellar line up for the fourth annual Heritage Festival scheduled for Cape Town on November 18.
The granddads of music are expected to reunite for the last leg of the whirlwind tour, which took the two music giants to South Geneva, Switzerland, and Melbourne, Australia, early this month.
A diverse line up of performing artists curated and selected by Masekela, or simply Bra Hugh, will also be added to the list of performers. These include Bongeziwe Mabandla, Zoe Modiga, Riky Rick, BCUC, Papa Penny and Johnny Cradle, to name a few.
“We are becoming a society that imitates other cultures, yet we have the biggest diversity of heritage in our country. This festival is about celebrating that,” Bra Hugh explained in a press statement.
“Oliver and I are spectacular together, plus you’ll be bowled over by the seasoned artists and new names in the industry. Be there or be square! I look forward to playing for you.”
Both Bra Hugh and Mtukudzi were captured live in action in a video posted on YouTube.
The two exhibited great energy and chemistry on stage much to the delight of fans.
The set was mostly collaborative with the two music legends sharing the stage in an amazing fashion.
Bra Hugh has for long been an advocate for cultural preservation and the Heritage Festival is aimed at among other things bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds and share their cultures through music.
Besides the Heritage Festival, Bra Hugh also birthed the “No Borders” project where he makes no apologies for being a proponent of Africa without borders.
One of the groups to emerge from that project was called Shai Shai, a partnership between Semopa, a South African based music company led by Bra Hugh and Ngomanehosho led by Zimbabwe’s Walter Wanyanya.
For many years ever since Bra Hugh met the late Dumisani Maraire when both musicians were based in the United States, the “Chileshe” singer was introduced to enchanting mbira music that the Maraire family used to play.
Bra Hugh has been working with artists from Zimbabwe ever since including Shai Shai and Mtukudzi.
Shai Shai’s first live performance was the giant Joy Of Jazz stage at the Sandton Convention Centre backed by Bra Hugh, Oliver Mtukudzi, Norman Masamba on lead guitar, Victor Kunonga on percussion and Sam Mataure who doubled as drummer and band director.