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Hugh Masekela: the Union of South Africa

John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 8 October 1971

HUGH MASAKELA is best known in this country for his UNI instrumental hit, 'Grazin' In The Grass', which later provided the Friends of Distinction with their introductory hit to the world. The record was a brilliant mixture of the popular kwela sound of his native South Africa plus the style of his adopted home, the U.S.A. "It's funny, though", Hugh was telling me, "we only recorded 'Grazin'' as a fill-up track for an album. Not that I didn't take it seriously, but I just didn't expect it to get the success it did."

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