South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is best known for his number one hit “Grazin’ In The Grass” and his composition “Bring Him Back Home, Nelson Mandela” that became the anthem for the anti-apartheid cause. Though some scholarship on Masekela and jazz in South Africa exists, no study has offered musical analysis of Masekela’s prolific body of work. The purpose of this document is to examine Masekela’s musical and personal evolution towards advocacy and activism, and to identify and analyze elements of protest within his music. Findings include a diverse collection of hidden and overt forms of protest in his music, as well as reinterpretations of Masekela’s career trajectory.
|Commitee:||Newman, Timothy, Wallace, Danielle|
|School:||The William Paterson University of New Jersey|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Activism, Apartheid, Indigenous African music, Jazz, Protest music, South Africa|
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