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Hugh Masekela: Revival

Hugh Masekela has helped export the music of South Africa to the world. Yet for much of his career, especially during the latter stages, the jazz great has remained so wedded to his world-fusion and Afrobeat legacy that most of his works are notable only for their depressing singularity. Revival continues the paradigm established long ago: Take a couple of nice instrumentals, mix in a traditional song or two and add a few tracks addressing social concerns. But Masekela’s flugelhorn talent is so vast that it’s a shame that he can’t figure out a way to offer a CD that connects with his jazz roots, a la Chris Botti’s When I Fall in Love.

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