Hugh Masekela - Hope - SACD (Hybrid SACD)

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new edition (2008) of the legendary album from 1993


Superaudio CD - Hybrid SACD


originally released on the label Sheridan Square Records


currently in the distribution of Sieveking Sound


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Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (* April 4, 1939 in Witbank) is a musician from South Africa. The trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer is regarded as one of the most important jazz and world music pioneers from Africa. His lyrics are often socially critical.

There is probably no second disc, which has become such a standard in Hi-Fi Studios, as Hope. The African Live work of flugelhorn player Hugh Masekela has been deeply drilled in the ears of all those people that like to experience the music loud and crisp. The new Kevin Gray Re-Master 2008 is this very bold and yet sensitive. Sonically the CD layer of the known standard CD is already vastly superior.

In the booklet of the SACD Hugh Masekela gives insight into the creation of each song. He explains from which part of Africa the stories and melodies come from. We learn of his relationship with Nelson Mandela and the gruesome back story for his most famous song "Stimela". This ten minute epic may have killed more audiophile mini monitors than all the orchestral tutti together. You will always be tempted to turn the volume knob beyond the stop.

This song talks about the Coal Train, the train that brings the day laborers to work in the coal mines. Hugh Maseklas grandmother was brewing a strong beer for the miners, with which they recovered on the weekends for a few hours of their misery. The young Hugh was serving beer and heard the stories of the workers. The stories of the men who had remained forever under the earth, of those who returned home and will find only the ruins of the home of their family and by those who are crushed under the weight of 16-hour days and didn't receive any pay at all and therefore weren't even able to raise the money for a ride home in disgrace.

The recording itself is derived from the Blues Alley in Washington and took place on 30. & 31. July and 1. August 1993 instead. At the time, nobody expected that this live concert was to become such a phenomenal success.

If this recording should occur unusually quiet to you, then you know how the "Loudness War" has already worked on you. The maximum modulation, close to maximum possibilities on a CD is actually reached on track 3. However, all tracks contain realistic dynamics jumps and are not always equally loud, whether a solo is playing or an entire band. So, be courageous to surely turn louder, but be prepared for dynamic surprises.

The best sound is achieved by the use of L'Art du Son CD/DVD conditioner before playing.


  1. Abangoma (The Healers
  2. Uptownship
  3. Mandela (Bring Him Back Home!)x
  4. Grazing in the Grass
  5. Lady
  6. Until When
  7. Languta
  8. Nomali
  9. Market Place
  10. Ntyilo Ntyilo (The Love Bird)
  11. Ha le Se (The Dowry Song)
  12. Stimela (Coal Train)


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