The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival set to stream online in January

The 23rd of January 2022 marks four years since the passing of internationally beloved South African musician and cultural activist Hugh Masekela.

This year, the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation and Assupol celebrate his legacy, with the annual Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival on at 8pm.

“My biggest obsession is to show Africans, and the world, who the people of Africa really are,” Hugh Masekela once said. With a line-up that features music, dance and spoken word, this year’s audience will be treated to performances by Msaki, Langa Mavuso, Mandisi Dyantyis, Berita, Muneyi, Gcina Mhlophe and Tsogang Bana Dance Group, as well as tributes to two of Bra Hugh’s great musical compatriots and collaborators Sibongile Khumalo, with her daughter Ayanda Khumalo, and Tsepo Tshola, with local artist Mandla Ntlaks.

Expect to be delighted by an eclectic mix of hits and Masekela bits. The show is hosted by comedian Kagiso Lediga who once presented a TV show called The Bantu Hour with Bra Hugh.

Inspired by Bra Hugh, this year’s festival theme of “Looking Ahead… And What We Bring With Us”, reflects the basic template he set for the festival’s line-up, a strong lean into African tradition, the innovative voice of the African streets and the African soul, and an eclectic African syntax that defies the locked boxes of genre and type. As always, the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival will showcase Bra Hugh’s eclectic and broad vision of culture, music and heritage.

Date: Sunday 23rd January 2022

Time: 8pm (CAT)