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WOMEX Awards Hugh Masekela

LONDON (VIP NEWS) — WOMEX has announced the winner of the WOMEX 11 Award for Artists: Hugh Masekela, the trumpet prodigy, fiery denouncer of Apartheid and Afro-jazz pioneer from South Africa.

He will perform on Sunday morning, October 30, 2011, during the WOMEX Award Ceremony accompanied by a WOMEX Networking Breakfast, both open to WOMEX delegates only. The laudation will be offered by Francis Gay, Head of Music at WDR Funkhaus Europa in Cologne, Germany.

It's been more than half a century since Masekela first picked up a trumpet and he shows no sign of putting it down yet. It was the instrument that helped him find his voice to sound out against the injustice and suffering inflicted on millions of South Africans by Apartheid and it helped him break out during those dark days to bring a musical communiqué to the rest of
the world.

From success in the US pop charts in the 60s, through the Afro-jazz experiments of the 70s, returning to Africa and touring with Paul Simon in the 80s and on until today, the 72 year old has not stopped releasing albums, touring the world and engaging in new collaborative projects.