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This year’s Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival celebrates an 80th Birthday Edition at The Soweto Theatre Precinct


This 80th Birthday Edition of The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is an enhanced mirror of past festivals while keeping with Bra Hugh’s eclectic and broad vision of South African and African culture, music and heritage, which has always been at the heart of this festival.

This fifth instalment is a significant and important juncture in the life of the festival. The first since Bra Hugh’s passing, held in what would have been his 80th year, as well as debuting at the historic Soweto Theatre Amphitheatre, the festival continues to evolve as a magnet for diverse South African performers and audiences. 

At this year’s festival Thandiswa Mazwai will pay tribute to her friend and mentor Hugh Masekela with selections from his lesser-known repertoire, accompanied by the Hugh Masekela Band. In addition, the festival will feature Sjava, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Madala Kunene, Thabang Tabane, Bombshelter Beast, Sun Xa Experiment, Luma and the BaTswana dance ensemble New Moon. 

Festival organizer Mabusha Masekela, explains, “This year’s centrepiece is a specially curated presentation of Hugh’s 6 decade-long musical output featuring the unique talents of Thandiswa Mazwai and Bra Hugh’s last touring band. With a nod to the obvious impossibility of this proposition, the aim is to get a taste of Hugh’s variety, while still anchored in his roots. The combination promises to be inspirational.”

In addition to inaugurating the brand-new Soweto Theatre Amphitheatre the festival will offer a family ambiance with a children’s area, a variety of food and drink, as well as arts & crafts for sale. Complementing this overall atmosphere, inside the Soweto Theatre will be the Hugh Masekela NO BORDERS Tribute Installation.

The installation features memorabilia, records, recordings, trumpets and photographs of a life, loved and lived.
Presented by Assupol and Semopa Entertainment, The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival will mark a high point of this year of celebratory events, reflecting Bra Hugh’s final and lasting commitment to African heritage, tradition and identity. The festival is envisioned as a platform to grow and promote heritage and culture to and through a cross-generational, cross-cultural audience with a stage that represents ALL the diversity of South Africa, the continent, and indeed, the globe.

Check out all the event details below.

Date:  Saturday 9 November 2019
Venue:  The Soweto Theatre Precinct, Corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto
Gates Open:  12 noon
Ticket Prices:  R200 pre-sale R250 at the Gate R50 for Pensioners at the Gate Free for Children under 6  
Tickets Online: www.xtixs.com
Ticket Outlets: Selected SPAR, Jet, Edgars, and CNA stores via TicketPro
No drugs, weapons, alcohol, recording equipment, gazebo’s, braai’s, glass, coolers, cans, beach umbrellas or steel cutlery allowed.