Hugh Masekela, 'Still Grazing'

The South African Trumpeter Looks Back at his Life in a New Book

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Hugh Masekela made a remarkable journey from apartheid South Africa to the music scene in New York City, where he struck gold with Grazin' in the Grass. After his musical success, the trumpeter faced personal turbulence and an eventual return to his transformed homeland. NPR's Neal Conan talks with Masekela.

Hugh Masekela, South African jazz legend and world music pioneer. His new autobiography, co-written with Michael Cheers, is Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela

Listen Hear "Grazing In The Grass" from Grazing in the Grass: The Best Of Hugh Masekela

Listen Hear "Khauleza" from Black To The Future

Barbara Masekela, South African ambassador to the United States and Hugh Masekela's sister

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