First listen: Hugh Masekela new album

The legendary trumpeter and vocalist has released his first LP in five years

Hugh Masekela is back with his first new album in five years. The South African jazz legend is 77, and still packing a punch with his trumpet and vocals, and his politics; the project is called ‘No Borders’ – it delves into the culture and history across the African continent – including songs about slavery, Fela Kuti and women of the Congo. “Borders are artificial,” he explains. “We even have a map from 1590 in the album sleeve to show what Africa looked like in 1590.” He’s reworked a new stripped back version of his song ‘Don’t Go Lose It Baby’ – listen out for that, it’s just been added to the Jazz FM playlist!


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