Legendary South African jazz musician Bra Hugh Masekela has adopted Zimbabwe as his second home, as he is staying in the country while he records collaborative projects with local artistes.
Masekela is currently working on a joint album with fellow African music giant Oliver a�?Tukua�? Mtukudzi, while he is also working with Afro soul sensation Victor Kunonga on the production of all women mbira group Shai Shaia��s debut album.
Both projecta��s release have been tentatively set for 2016.
Bra Hugh, whose storied career has seen him live in countries that include Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea and the United States, last year revealed his Zimbabwean roots during an interview with Star FM.
He said his great grandfather had come from Great Zimbabwe as part of the Karanga people who were later adopted by the Tonga people. He also revealed that his real surname was Munyepawu.
In an interview with B-Metro this week from his South Africa base, Masekela said that he had indeed decided to settle in the country as he had been given a house in a suburb Harare.
He added that for privacy purposes he was not ready to reveal the location of his new home yet.
a�?I am spending every other week in Zimbabwe so I now consider myself a resident of both counties. I am now more or less living in both Zimbabwe and South Africa and I was given a house where I will be staying for the next year while I work on various projects,a�? he said.
Masekela said that Zimbabwe was just another stop in his journey as an artiste, as he wanted to collect as many musical skills and experiences as he could. He said that desire for learning is what had drove him to collaborate with Kunonga, Berita Khumalo and now Oliver Mtukudzi.
a�?Music is not like tennis or ping pong where individualism is encouraged. Music is basically a collaborative art form. I have been privileged because I have learnt from various cultures and I have also come across various instruments in my musical life,a�? he said.
Masekela, who is already three songs into the collaboration with Tuku, said that he would consider working with other artistes while finishing the other projects that he is working on.
a�?I will see what turns up in the next six months or so because right now I am working with Oliver but we will go with the wave if anything turns up in the meantime,a�? he said.