Hugh Masekela

Live at the BBC

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Live at the BBC Review

by Matt Collar

Live at the BBC combines two triumphant live dates that trumpeter/singer Hugh Masekela gave during 1985, including the Glastonbury Festival in England and the Nelson Mandela Concert. Featuring many songs off his 1985 release, Waiting for the Rain, the songs liberally combine disco, soul, and jazz with Afro-pop, all with a strong anti-apartheid stance. Songs such as "Politician" and "Serhasa" deal directly with governmental corruption in Africa, while others, such as the jubilant "Zulu Wedding," merely hint at the ennui of apartheid while focusing on the happiness of marriage. With Masekela's catchy melodies, this stuff has a lot in common with other African-influenced pop of the '80s by Western artists such as David Byrne and Paul Simon, yet retains a purist appeal.

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