Classical Journey Episode 126 – Tribute to Two Icons

Today, we take a slight break from the norm to honour as we normally do when great artistes move on to the Niteshift – two phenomenal men – Ray-Mike Nwachukwu and Hugh Masekela who played their last notes in January 2018.

Ray-Mike Nwachukwu

Ray Mike Nwachukwu is arguably one of the few Nigerians who have traversed the whole gamut of communication. From radio to television, from television to advertising and from advertising to music production even with a stint in Daily Times in the 70s, Nwachukwu who hails from Agbor in Delta State before his passing to glory anchored a music programme, It’s time for Highlife on Classic F.M.

Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He has been described as “the father of South African jazz.” Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home”. He also had a number 1 US pop hit in 1968 with his version of “Grazing in the Grass”.

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