Hugh Masekela

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Collected Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Hugh Masekela recorded for the BMG subsidiary Jive in the late '80s and early '90s. During this time, he had a raised profile because of his appearance on Paul Simon's Graceland tour, but he didn't really seize that opportunity to develop his music further. Instead, he continued to refine his trademark sound, often in quite entertaining ways. Collected Hugh Masekela gathers some highlights from this period. Although it is aimed at neophytes, they'd be better off purchasing this after his classic '60s recordings. Once they do so, however, they'll be pleased by this set, which illustrates that Masekela continued to make enjoyable music in the '80s and '90s. Collectors and hardcore fans will prefer the actual albums, but this is useful for anyone that is already familiar with Masekela's music and just wants to dig a little deeper.