The 16th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) takes place this weekend and one of the highlights is a joint performance by two African musical legends, Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi and South Africa’s Hugh Masekela.
Tuku and Hugh have been working on this collaboration since 2014. It brings together their two brands of music, with new interpretations from each artist as they add new dimensions to well-known songs that have made them international stars.
The two artists performed the first iteration of their collaboration at the Soweto Theatre in September last year.
There is mutual respect by the two artists of each other’s work. “Oliver is one of the guardians of African Heritage,” Hugh Masekela said during one of their rehearsals. “I respect his hard work and commitment to his culture.”
Speaking about Hugh’s contribution to African music, Tuku was just as effusive, “Bra Hugh is one of the best arrangers of music I know. I have admired his music for many years and it is an honour to be able work with him.”
Known as ‘Africa’s grandest gathering,’ this year’s CTIJF takes place on 27 and 28 March. Tuku and Hugh provide one of the highlights on the final day of the festival, performing on the main Kippies Stage at 9pm.
There are plans to bring it to Zimbabwe as soon as their two calendars will allow.
Other artists performing at this year’s CTIJF include Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa), Ringo Madlingozi (SA), Al Jarreau (USA), Dirty Loops (Sweden), Sons of Kemet (UK) and Banz Oester (Switzerland).
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