Windhoek – Afro jazz musician Jimmy Dludlu pays homage to the legendary Hugh Masekela on his 10th album, History in the Frame.
On the soon-to-be-released album, Dludlu does a rendition of Masekela’s “Grazing in the Grass”. Dludlu has been teasing fans with snippets of the song, creating a frenzy of anticipation.
Masekela’s original was released in 1968 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. It was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.
Ahead of the release of his rendition, Dludlu said: “For me, on my 10th album, I think it’s a milestone really. The music on this album really is a crossover, because I’m paying tribute to people like Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, but people from home, ‘Mama Africa’ Miriam Makheba and uBra Hugh Masekela.”
History in the Frame is a double disc with 20 songs, and it will be released on June 25 under Universal Music South Africa, though it is available for pre order.
His music has a wide range of influences, combining both traditional and modern elements of jazz drawn from local and international artists.
The “Point of View” hit-maker’s career took off in the mid-1980s when he worked with Anansi Impandze from Eswatini and Satari from Botswana.