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Hugh Masekela (1939–2018)

Hugh Masekela was born on April 4, 1939 in Wilbank, South Africa as Hugh Ramapolo Masekela. He was married to Elinam Cofie, Miriam Makeba, Jabu Mbatha and Chris Calloway. He died on January 23, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. See full bio »

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Known For

The Jewel of the Nile
The Last King of Scotland
Battle of the Sexes
Battle of the Sexes Soundtrack
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 2017 Battle of the Sexes (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2014 Blended (performer: "Kwela Kwela") / (writer: "Kwela Kwela")
 2014 Small Time (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes, 2012) (performer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Free at Last (2012) ... (performer: "Stimela Coal Train" - as Hugh Rampapolo Masekela) / (writer: "Stimela Coal Train" - as Hugh Rampapolo Masekela)
- Have You Heard from Johannesburg: The Bottom Line (2012) ... (writer: "Soweto Blues")
 2008 Game Boys (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2007 Talk to Me (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2006 Bobby (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2006 The Last King of Scotland (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 2004 Against the Ropes (performer: "Hale Se Le Di Khanna")
 2003 Duplex (performer: "Grazing in the Grass" (Instrumental) (1968))
 2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie (performer: "Motla Le Pula (The Rainmaker)") / (writer: "Motla Le Pula (The Rainmaker)")
 1996 I Shot Andy Warhol (performer: "Grazing in the Grass")
 1995 Vampire in Brooklyn (performer: "No Woman, No Cry")
 1992 Sarafina! (performer: "Sarafina!", "Sechaba") / (writer: "Sarafina!")
 1985 The Jewel of the Nile (performer: "African Breeze") / (producer: "African Breeze")
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(July 18 to September 29, 1991) He was additional composer and lyricist for the musical, "Sarafina! The Musical Celebration," in the 25th Anniversary Season presented by Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle Theatre (University of California) in Los Angeles, California. Mbongeni Ngema was developer, writer and... See more »

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Hugh Ramopolo Masekela

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Father of Sal Masekela. See more »

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