Masekela has always believed in the importance of using music as a vessel to deliver a message that will make a difference; when the Apartheid condition worsened in South Africa, his passion for his homeland inspired him to write many controversial political songs expressing his concern for the violence. The most famous of these is the song that became an anthem to Nelson Mandela’s world tour following his release from prison, “Bring Him Back Home.”
His biggest hit, “Grazin’ in the Grass” put him on the map in 1968 by selling four million copies worldwide. That year Masekela’s song was number one on the charts, beating out pop hits like “Hey Jude” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.”
Despite this success, Masekela is often described as humble, and you will not frequently find him seeking out the spotlight. Now in his mid-seventies, he is still touring and tenaciously playing his soulful music. Masekela is always reaching out to his audience through his music and has been truly inspiring to people across the globe.