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        24 Nov 2020


        Assupol & The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation present The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 2020 Online

        Sunday 13th December


        “My biggest obsession is to show Africans, and the world, who the people of Africa really are” – Hugh Masekela


        In the midst of the COVID 19 storm, a musical and cultural oasis of relief, the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 2020 Online, brings Bra Hugh’s eclectic and broad vision of South African, and African, culture, music and heritage. Presented by Assupol, and produced by Semopa Entertainment, this year’s festival will be a free access online affair available on on Sunday the 13th of December at 8pm.

        Established in 2015, reflecting Bra Hugh’s lasting commitment to preserve and promote African heritage, tradition and identity, the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, with Assupol, is proud to be part of the sixth instalment of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival. Hosted by poet and cultural activist Natalia Molebatsi, the festival is a platform to grow and promote heritage and culture, and our ever-evolving diversity, to, and through, a cross-generational, cross-cultural audience.  

        “Now, more than ever, is a time to remember who we are as Africans, in our heritage, our culture, and our identity – all day, every day.”  – Festival co-organiser, Mabusha Masekela

        Our second festival since Bra Hugh’s passing in 2018, it will feature a stellar set of musicians, poets and dancers including vocalist Gloria Bosman and Congolese star Tresor, 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipient trumpet player Mandla Mlangeni and rising star of the SA jazz scene, vocalist Zoe Modiga, recently featured on the cover of the international Songlines magazine. Sio, Selema.Writes and praise poet Matalane Mokgatla represent our gifted tongues of spoken word, with Gregory Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theatre and the Tsonga-rooted Bungeni Xikhulu Dance Group sharing the rhythms of their movements in dance.

        “Assupol has supported the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival for several years because of the synergies between our mission of serving those who serve and our passion for honouring heritage. We see the value in Bra Hugh’s desire to preserve and celebrate African heritage and we are proud to have added power to his cause through our support of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival. With the festival being broadcast online, Bra Hugh’s vision is amplified to a bigger audience–we encourage everyone to tune in,” said Velmah Nzembela; Head: Group Corporate Affairs, Assupol.


        Date:  Sunday 13th December 2020

        Time: 8pm

        Where: Online –


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        From his birth to his passing Hugh Masekela’s most ardent passion was the restoration, promotion and evolution of African identity, heritage and culture. The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation is an expression of that passion, that legacy, through the creation of cultural information facilities, the support and incubation of heritage arts, and the dissemination of this information and cultural inheritance throughout the African Diaspora and the world. The Foundation’s specific focus is in the areas of African History and Languages, Genealogy, Inter-generational Communication, Music, Dance, Theatre, Literature, Visual and Culinary Arts.


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