Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Jazz & Apartheid: An Analysis of The Life and Music of Hugh Masekela
by Versola, A. Mariela, M.M., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2018, 88; 10828446
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vishio, Anton
Commitee: Newman, Timothy, Wallace, Danielle
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Activism, Apartheid, Indigenous African music, Jazz, Protest music, South Africa
Publication Number: 10828446
ISBN: 978-0-438-05157-7
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