In 1980 South African trumpeter and social activist Hugh Masekela played a live concert in Lesotho, a country landlocked by his then oppressive home country.
Masekela traveled around the African continent during his career as well as the world. He played with Fela Kuti and Paul Simon. He set up a mobile recording studio in Botswana near the SA border to record Botswana artists.
Masekela released 44 studio albums and his last was called ‘No Borders’ (2016). On the cover it depicted a map of Africa from 1590, a vision of the continent before colonial powers put down divisive lines.
His impact is long lasting and now the 1980 concert in Lesotho is being re-released on vinyl by UK’s Matsuli Music.
Percussionist and composer, Antonio Sanchez, perhaps most famous for his solo drum score for ‘Birdman’, has released a new piece of jazz work entitled ‘Lines In The Sand’.
The cover photo depicts the separation wall between the U.S. and Mexico where it dives into the pacific ocean and the album is based on and in honor of the migrants who risk everything for a new chance.
Sanchez’ new album is a stunning whirlwind of percussion, electronics, keyboard and voice, some of which is performed by the multi-instrumentalist.
Check out ‘Lines In The Sand’ below and follow Sanchez on social media where he voices his concerns about the state of both of his countries frequently.
Cover photo is the album cover of ‘Lines In The Sand’ (Cam Jazz, 2018).
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