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Hugh Masekela trumpets wedding songs

Legendary South African trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela has recorded 28 albums but, according to him, only in the most recent one, Jabulani, all the songs are happy ones.

The man who was once married to singer Miriam Makeba and now has a Ghanaian wife dedicates this CD to wedding songs from his native country.

But he told the BBC Africa's Leslie Goffe in the United States, where he has been promoting the album, that the happiness it exudes is not only a reflection of his personal joy but also of the way South Africa has been changing in the last two decades.

"From 1653 until 1994 South Africa was at war… If you have war, when are you gonna have time for love songs?" he said.

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  • 29 Feb 2012
  • From the section Africa