South African Afro-jazz icon, world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer and singer Hugh Masekela has spoken about the influence of technology on the music industry. As far as he is concerned “technology has killed the music industry.” According to Masekela, the commercialization of music has robbed the music industry of true music. Masekela made the remarks on air in an interview with Larry Madonwo of NTV Kenya on Trendz, when he was in Kenya over the weekend of 12 August during which he thrilled jazz lovers with his ageless craft. Masekela told the audience that many of today’s musicians are in it for the fame and not the music, hence we now have to listen to electronic music which in his view is not music. He also refused being called a legend because he owes all he is today to the society that made him. The two-time Grammy award nominee has over 40 albums to his credit, and at 77, having performed on the world’s greatest stages, he is not retiring.
Masekela – who was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1968 for Best Contemporary Pop Performance (Instrumental) for his album Grazin’ in the Grass – has a career spanning over 60 years, in that time working with numerous artists in the USA, Africa and Europe, including Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Otis Redding, Harry Belafonte and Herb Alpert, among others. More recently, he received another Grammy nomination in 2011 for his critically acclaimed album Jabulani and released his latest album – Playing @ Work – in 2013. In the photo Hugh Masekela thrills at Nairobi’s Safaricom Jazz Lounge