Hugh Masekela , South African jazz musician and political activist, died Jan. 23 in Johannesburg, South Africa of prostate cancer. He was 78. Masekela was a trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and singer. He played the trumpet in the Huddleston Jazz Band which showcased his signature Afro-jazz sound. He also performed in the 1959 musical “King Kong” written by Todd Matshikiza. He then joined South African group the Jazz Epistles with members Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Jonas Gwangwa. When Masekela moved to Los Angles in the 1960s, he pursued a solo career. He performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 alongside Otis Redding, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, and Janis Joplin. Masekela’s song “Grazin’ in the Grass” hit number one on the American pop charts. His released over 40 albums during his five-decade career, and worked with artists such as Harry Belafonte, Marvin Gaye , Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Warner Music Group and Warner Music Nashville are honored to welcome eight-time ACM winner and CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney to the Warner Music family. As part of WMN, the songwriter/superstar’s music will be released on the Blue Chair Records/Warner Bros. Records label. Since leaving East Tennessee with a handful of songs and a dream bigger than he understood, Kenny Chesney has developed into the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” and the Los Angeles Times proclaimed “The People’s Superstar.” With over 30 million albums sold, 30 No. 1s, and countless sold-out stadium tours that sell in excess of a million tickets every time he takes to the road, the 2018 Country Album of the Year GRAMMY nominee is on the verge of yet another creative renaissance. “It is a big deal to change labels,” said Chesney. “But when you hear Max, Espo, and Cris Lacy talk about music, about what it means and does, when you hear that passion, you
LADY ANTEBELLUM AND DARIUS RUCKER SET SPIRITED SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR FOR 2018 Starting This July, The Long-Time Friends Hit the Road for Run with Special Guest Russell Dickerson Nashville, TN - Jan. 17, 2018 - Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning and current nominees Lady Antebellum and three-time GRAMMY award-winner Darius Rucker announced today that they will head out on the road together for their co-headlining SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR, kicking off on July 19 in Toronto, ON. The trio and Rucker share a long-time friendship and touring history, setting the tone for a fun-filled stint across the country and Canada, for which special guest Russell Dickerson has been invited to join. With dozens of No. one hits between them the tour offers a playlist-worthy night for fans which will also include spontaneous collaborations throughout the evening. Fans can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 26 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.co