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Summer of 2011, brought a tour that was highlighted with concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, the Montreal Jazz Festival and New York City’s Summerstage in Central Park.
February 2012 brought the release of Hugh’s “” recalls several generations of music from wedding ceremonies in South Africa.
Hugh Masekela had the honor of participating both in Paris and New York.
Hugh was introduced by Michael Douglas whose father’s role in the movie “The Man with the Horn” was Hugh’s early inspiration.
In 2009 Hugh Masekela celebrated his 70th birthday by releasing the CD "Phola" (meaning "to get well, to heal") and with a highly acclaimed performance with the London Symphony Orchestra.
In 2010 Hugh created , a theatrical tribute to the great songs of migrants across the African continent, which was staged at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and featured Hugh Masekela as the Lead Storyteller.
Inspired by the movie (in which Kirk Douglas plays a character modeled after American jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke), Masekela began to play the trumpet.
He was encouraged by anti-apartheid activist Father Trevor Huddleston, who helped him acquire an instrument.
Hugh Masekela escaped South Africa with the help of Father Huddleston who enlisted friends like Yehudi Menuhin and John Dankworth, both of whom helped get him admitted into London's Guildhall School of Music.When South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup, Masekela performed at the opening ceremony concert, broadcast worldwide for millions of people, and played his infectious and celebratory .In February 2011, Masekela joined the rock band U2 on stage in Johannesburg to a crowd of almost 100,000, the biggest concert the band has ever played.Later on, with the assistance of Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte, Hugh Masekela was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music in New York.His first night in New York found him in several jazz clubs seeing Thelonius Monk and Dizzy Gillespie in one, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach at a second and John Coltrane at a third.