Hugh Masekela, Larry Willis

When: Fri., June 21, 8 p.m. 2013

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The music industry can feel so inundated with egotistical skinny white guys that the idea of seeing not just a musician, but a really good musician, who actually stands for something is such a rare and delectable treat. Trumpeter Hugh Masekela is one such rare treat. Born in South Africa in the 1930s, Masekela spent 30 years of his life in exile from his home country during the period of apartheid. Studying music in Manhattan and working under jazz leaders Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela moved to Los Angeles during the '60s, playing at Monterey Pop and later on Paul Simon's Graceland tour. With a classically trained jazz background and roots in a country no stranger to violence, Masekela beautifully blends the energy and synchronicity of golden-era jazz with the passion, lively tempos, and peace-promoting messages that define afrobeat. ROSE FINN

Price: $35

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