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Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim reunite on stage after 58 years

23 May 2016 3:14 PM

Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim bring The Jazz Epistles back to the stage after more than 58 years, at Emperor's Palace.

Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim bring The Jazz Epistles back to the stage after more than 58 years, at Emperor's Palace.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to the jazz maestro regarding the upcoming event.

Listen to the conversation below:

We were the first group to record an LP. We had been together for six months. We started in Cape Town and came to Johannesburg.

Hugh Masekela, jazz musician

Then 21st of March 1960 the Sharpeville Uprisings happened and a state of emergency was declared. Meetings of more than 10 people were illegal, so we had to cancel the tour.

Hugh Masekela, jazz musician

Harry Belafonte brought me to the United States and I didn't see Jonas until 1962 when King Kong was finished

Hugh Masekela, jazz musician

The Jazz Epistles members were Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jonas Gwangwa and Kippie Moeketsi.

It's happening on the 15th and 16th. The 16th is to commemorate the June 16th 40th anniversary. The 15th is almost sold out already.

Hugh Masekela, jazz musician

23 May 2016 3:14 PM

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