Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Kevin Mahogany RIP

Forgot to post this RIP, because of the holidays it was lingering in the drafts!

Kevin Mahogany died of a heart attack on December 17, 2017, at the age of 59.


My World Is Empty Without You

The musical world of Jazz will certainly be more empty without Kevin's silky baritone!

Here are some of his best recordings:
















Goodbye Kevin, thanks for the music!

Obituaries:

New York Times

London Jazz News






Hugh Masekela RIP

The South African trumpeter - one of the father figures of African Jazz - has died  at the age of 78 peacefully in his home in Johannesburg. Through an international career, which spanned more than 5 decades he played with well known musicians and singers in a huge variety of styles – from Township Jazz (with the Jazz Epistles) the fiercely political jazz of the emigration years (Soweto Blues) to the disco-pop of  and the collaborations with Paul Simon on "Graceland" 


His last interview!

and here are some of my favourite tracks:


as a singer of a protest song: Coincidence

an ode to his instrument: Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet

Afrobeat Blues 

"The Boy's Doin' It" album is a blend of his favourite music styles: 
jazz, funk, pop, Afrobeat, and R&B, plus a little Latin and a lot of disco


His tribute to Afro beat Pioneer Fela Kuti






Lounge music with Herb

His take on Calypso: Getting Fat In Africa



and as relevant as when it came out in 2002: Everything must change
His rant against perennial presidents of African nations, asking them to leave office!

This electro funk disco track was a dance chart hit!

Some of his best live collaborations:

With his ex wife Miriam Makeba:



His classic song Stimela (The Coal Train) live

with Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

with Dave Matthews Band: Proudest Monkey 

Goodbye bra Hugh, you will be surely missed!

So which is your favourite heritage track of  Masekela? 
Please nominate in the comments and don't forget 
feedback is always appreciated!

more here:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/23/hugh-masekela-obituary
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/24/hugh-masekela-dead-jazz-afrobeat-apartheid-anthems
https://hughmasekela.co.za/

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

So I hope you all had a Merry Xmas and now I wish you a funky New Year!

with a good cheer courtesy of The Godfather of Funk


and a classic piece of heavy funk!

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