The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival goes online

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Hugh Masekela performs on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 17 1967 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Hugh Masekela performs on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 17 1967 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
  • Established in 2015, the Hugh Masekela Heritage festival together with the heritage foundation reflect Masekela’s commitment to preserving and promoting African heritage. 
  • Due to lockdown regulations, this year’s festival will take place online at no cost. 
  • The free to attend event will take place online at www.skyroomlive.com on 13 December 2020 at 8pm. 


 
My biggest obsession is to show Africans, and the world, who the people of Africa really are.
Hugh Masekela

To close off the year, Assupol has partnered with Semopa Entertainment to present audiences with a free online iteration of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival. 

Established in 2015, the Hugh Masekela Heritage festival together with the heritage foundation reflect Masekela’s commitment to preserving and promoting African heritage. 

The festival exists as a platform to grow and promote heritage and culture, in addition to celebrating and embracing our ever-evolving diversity with a cross-generational, cross-cultural audience. This year’s take is the second since Masekela’s passing in 2018. 

Speaking about taking the festival online, Velmah Nzembela, who heads the Group Corporate Affairs at Assupol, says they were happy to endorse the festival because it being broadcast online amplifies Masekela’s message to larger audiences: 

“Assupol has supported the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival for several years because of the synergies between our mission of serving those who serve and our passion for honouring heritage. We see the value in Bra Hugh’s desire to preserve and celebrate African heritage and we are proud to have added power to his cause through our support of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival.”

Hosted by poet and cultural activist Natalia Molebatsi, this year’s iteration will feature  musicians like Gloria Bosman, Tresor, trumpet player Mandla Mlangeni and Zoe Modiga. Apart from music, audiences will be presented with work from praise poet Matalane Mokgatla, Gregory Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theatre as well as Bungeni Xikhulu Dance Group. 

The free to attend event will take place online at www.skyroomlive.com on 13 December 2020 at 8pm. 

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