Masekela reached a large population that also felt oppressed due to the country's situation. The musical later went to London's West End for two years.
They performed to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late to early Following the 21 March Sharpeville massacre —where 69 protestors were shot dead in Sharpeville , and the South African government banned gatherings of ten or more people—and the increased brutality of the Apartheid state, Masekela left the country. He had hits in the United States with the pop jazz tunes " Up, Up and Away " and the number-one smash " Grazing in the Grass " , which sold four million copies.
In , Masekela and friend Stewart Levine organised the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa set around the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match. In , Masekela released the album Techno Bush ; from that album, a single entitled "Don't Go Lose It Baby" peaked at number two for two weeks on the dance charts.
The song became enormously popular, and turned into an unofficial anthem of the anti-apartheid movement and an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. A renewed interest in his African roots led Masekela to collaborate with West and Central African musicians, and finally to reconnect with Southern African players when he set up with the help of Jive Records a mobile studio in Botswana , just over the South African border, from to Here he re-absorbed and re-used mbaqanga strains, a style he continued to use following his return to South Africa in the early s.
Masekela taught the jazz course at the first workshop, and performed at the final concert. Also in the s, Masekela toured with Paul Simon in support of Simon's album Graceland , which featured other South African artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo , Miriam Makeba , Ray Phiri , and other elements of the band Kalahari , which was co-founded by guitarist Banjo Mosele and which backed Masekela in the s.
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