While walking to work (read: going to pick up 32 Swedish tourists for a day exploring the Cape Peninsula) I literally stumbled upon a concert with South African trumpeter and jazz superstar Hugh Masekela. A stone’s throw from the bustling V&A Waterfront, with stunning views towards the ocean, was a quiet lawn with a small stage from where Masekela was performing his magic. How I would have loved to sit down and enjoy that performance!
This is not the first time that I am impressed by the humble behaviour of musical giants that have made it not just at home, but also on the international stage. I’ve seen low-key performances by both Freshly Ground and Parlotones earlier. Considering that I am not really a concert person, and very rarely check what is on, I’m sure that there are tons more examples of this!
In an industry that is characterised by narcissism and greed, it is so refreshing to see that our South African superstars remember where they came from and regularly return to their roots.