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Feast of World Music
August 29, 2014   
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Afro-jazz maestro and fusion music pioneer Hugh Masekela will give a concert Sept. 24 at the 10th Cross Culture Festival in Warsaw.

Hailing from South Africa, 75-year-old Masekela is a trumpet virtuoso whom many regard as one of the greatest contemporary trumpeters. An international jazz and pop star, Masekela has performed with the likes of Stevie Wonder, U2, Wayne Shorter and Paul Simon, playing concerts at the Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and many other prestigious venues. He has released 40 albums to date and played with African bands that he formed with his wife Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), the famous vocalist and social activist known as Mama Africa. Songs penned by Masekela include the anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)” and many of his other songs have topped the Billboard hit chart.

Sharing his time between Africa and the United States, Masekela has been pushing the boundaries of music genres while championing African music and the emancipation of the indigenous peoples of South Africa. He has developed his own, unique style that appeals to jazz fans, music critics and mass audiences alike.

Masekela will be headlining the Cross Culture Festival, which showcases different sounds and cultures from around the world. This year’s festival has the slogan “Legends and Discoveries” and along with Masekela, it will feature accomplished musicians and talented newcomers to the world music scene. All festival concerts will be held in front of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw.

The first Cross Culture Festival was held in 2005 and has since featured 177 music acts from 60 countries. It is the largest event in Poland to showcase world music and celebrate different cultures.
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