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posted Friday, March 18, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 11
Hugh Masekela phenomenal at Triple Door
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Hugh Masekela phenomenal at Triple Door

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Hugh Masekela
Mercy's friend Reality joined her for Hugh Masekela's show at the Triple Door on March 10 because Cuteness was home with the teenager. Masekela's trumpet was extremely mellow and his voice was big and gruff. Reality commented that the whole group was very gifted. Randall Skippers' keyboards were vital. The guitar by Cameron John Ward was wonderful. Abednigo 'Fana' Zulu's bass was funky. Percussion by Francis Manneh Fuster drove the complex rhythms. Lee-Roy Saul's drums were hot.

Hugh did some nice low dance moves to 'Phola.' Reality admired his gyrations. The song featured piano, guitar, and trumpet. Randall Skippers was the focus of 'It's Hard to Live Without You.'

Hugh tried to get the audience to loosen up even more by joking, 'Maybe you're afraid we'll go back to Africa and tell people how savage you are in Seattle.' He dedicated the next song to all the people who have died in natural disasters. 'Stimela,' which means 'coal train,' is about miners living in hardship. It had some amazing vocalizations imitating a train. Reality pointed out Masekela had impeccable timing, getting people rocking and then delivering his political message.

The singer joked that he had paid the people who were shouting for more after that number, but he was going to have to fire them because they hadn't done it right. He was a wonderful storyteller.

The song 'Lady' offended the woman sitting next to Mercy because the lyrics are about the man being the master. Mercy had trouble hearing the words, but took her word for it. Reality pointed out that Hugh did a dance that imitated a woman's walk. It had all the right moves, but was derisive.

Masekela taught us that the title of the song 'Khauleze' means 'hide the booze.' 'Grazing in the Grass,' the artist's most famous song, included chances for each member of the group to shine. Reality said, 'Every time you think it's going to end, it doesn't.' There was a standing ovation.

Dark Divas
Mercy and Cuteness are very much looking forward to the Dark Divas at the Triple Door on Sunday, March 20. They were impressed by Josie Howe at the Big Gig last month. The other singers will be Felicia Loud, Nyema Clark, Kibibi MoniƩ, Demene Hall, Gwendolyn Phillips Coates, Cleve Ticeson, Janice Scroggins. The Cotton Club Dancers will dance.

Tower of Power
Mercy is also anticipating seeing Tower of Power at Jazz Alley on March 24-27. Band members include Emilio Castillo (tenor saxophone, vocals), Stephen 'Doc' Kupka (baritone saxophone), Rocco Prestia (bass), Adolfo Acosta (trumpet), Mic Gillette (trumpet and trombone), Tom Politzer (saxophone), David Garibaldi (drums), Roger Smith (keyboards), Mike Harper (guitar), and Larry Brags (vocals). The band has played for 40 years and practically breathes together. They deliver funk and soul. Their previous performances have justified their name.

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast of Lucia de Lammermoor
Mercy and Cuteness are celebrating Cuteness' birthday by going to see the Met's broadcast of Lucia de Lammermoor at a local theater on Saturday, March 19. You can get your tickets at www.fandango.com.

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