Saturday, April 20, 2024

Hugh Masakela, Legendary South African Trumpeteer, Dies at 78: Known for “Grazing in the Grass”


Hugh Masakela has died at 78. Famous for a world of music, the South African trumpeteer was best known in the world for “Grazing in the Grass”– which was a hit TWICE– once as his instrumental and once as a pop hit. They are each played constantly, everywhere, 50 years after they hit the charts.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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