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BBE to Issue Unreleased Masekela

Come March, trumpeter Hugh Masekela’s Presents from the Vaults of Chisa 1965-1976 will finally be released on BBE. The extensive collection of albums has been almost entirely out of print, until now.

The liner notes for the album, written by producer Stewart Levine, tell of how he and Masekela became friends and the struggle they faced to create a label to promote jazz and world fusion music. It began, Levine writes, after meeting Masekela in New York City in 1961. The two became close friends and, in September 1965, Masekela recorded a live album entitled The Americanization of Ooga Booga.

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