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Clash of the titans set for Botswana Craft

Publishing Date : 22 April, 2015


Bra Hugh versus Mr Rain battle of trumpets

A déjà vu moment is on the cards for jazz lovers because the popular Mascom Live Sessions will feature award winning and 1968 Grammy Award nominee, legendary South African trumpeter, Hugh Ramopolo Masekela to share the stage with Botswana’s own legend trumpeter, Socca Moruakgomo.

Bra Hugh and Mr Rain as Moruakgomo is affectionately known, are set to blow the audiences’ minds out at Botswana Craft on the 24th April 2015. When the duo last blew their horns on the same stage in 2011, the audience was left asking for more and now they are back for a second dose at the same venue.

Ever since its inception the now popular event has brought in world renowned artists from across the globe to perform at Botswana Craft - many now dub it the jazz shrine. This is the same place where big African names like Oliver Mtukudzi, Lira, Zahara Mkutukane and Ringo Madlingozi are regulars.

Bra Hugh is a true legend, since 1954, he has played music that closely reflects his life experience. The agony, conflict, and exploitation South Africa faced during the 1950s and 1960s: This inspired, influenced him to make music and also spread political change. He is an artist who in his music vividly portrayed the struggles and sorrows, as well as the joys and passions of his country.

His music protested against apartheid, slavery, government; the hardships individuals were living. Masekela reached a large population that also felt oppressed due to the country's situation. It is now befitting that at the current clatter of the xenophobia movements in the South African city of Durban, the muso is alive and spreading the word on such inhumane activities.

Masekela visited the United States, where he was befriended by Harry Belafonte. He attended Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studied classical trumpet from 1960 to 1964. In 1964, Marriam Makeba and Masekela were married, divorcing two years later.

Our local lad Socca ‘Mr Rain’ Moruakgomo is also a force to reckon with. He studied music in the Botswana army, The Royal School of Music in the United Kingdom and New York’s Juilliard School of Music. In his 2009 offering, ‘Your Smile’ he collaborated with a South African vocalist of Stimela fame, Nana Coyote Motijoane, and Nigerian jazz guitarist, Kunle Ayo. Both artists performed on stage alongside Moruakgomo at the Gaborone Summer Festival.

Coyote sings on I’m Sorry Sir and Trading Places, while Kunle plays on Mother of the Nation and Caribbean Breeze. Mister Rain as much alike as Bra Hugh is known for addressing social ills in his music.



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