Waiting For The Rain (for Hugh Masekela) By Niyi Osundare
The world woke up today to the shocking news of the passing of Hugh Masekela, one of the most consequential African musicians. An ebullient trumpeter and seasoned composer, Masekela created a brand of music that was a constant thorn in the flesh of the Apartheid regime, and with the likes of Mariam Makeba, he was in the vanguard of cultural warriors who hastened the end of that evil system. We will all miss the beauty of his sound and the urgency of his message.
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