A story of a man who refused to be defined by circumstances that had defeated many of his peers.
This is a story of a man whose life I sincerely wish could have been my own – packed with music, travel, outrage, tragedy, history, adventure, learning, spirituality, love, abandon, joy and laughter.
– Ramapolo Hugh Masekela
Still Grazing was first published in the US in 2004; it is an autobiography which shares rich detail of world acclaimed jazz giant Hugh Masekela’s life, infused with love and loss, sex and drugs, exile and revolution. He survived it all, with wit, passion, abundant talent and wisdom, and is now bringing his story back home!
Even though Still Grazing, Hugh Masekela’s biography, carries a subtitle that refers to his musical journey, the book is, in a word, the spiritual journey of black South Africans.
– Mandla Langa
Music is the soaring theme that carries a rough ride … Hugh Masekela has survived it all, tells it all ardently, ribald and honest, from his admirable perspective of wisdom gained.
– Nadine Gordimer
He lived to put his native South Africa on the front stage. Not with a gun, but with his trumpet. Singing and playing deep into the heart of apartheid darkness; bringing light and hope. Laughter and rebirth. Touching lives. Giving hope. Helping to rebuild the land of his birth. Sharing his vision for a better world for the children of tomorrow. Hugh Masekela … A genius of our time …
– Don Mattera
Unfolding against one of the most inspiring political transformations of the twentieth century, this is the engrossing chronicle of a remarkable, one-of-a-kind musical life.