Masekela is working to create an African-owned
entertainment network and record company
Riz speaks with South Africa's legendary jazz music star, Hugh Masekela, who has a new mission in life ... to return Africa's music industry to Africans.

The world renowned trumpeter, vocalist and songwriter is setting up partnerships across the continent to create an African-owned entertainment network and record company.

The industry, he says, has largely been in foreign hands, until now.

Masekela's music has always reflected his African roots, and he's used it raise awareness about political and social injustices. 

He first earned his worldwide fame after fleeing South Africa in 1960, due to the violence of apartheid.

Success came in the United States and Europe, and led to collaborations with stars such as Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Paul Simon, to name just a few.

In 1990, after 30 years in exile, he was able to return home to South Africa where he is now focusing on developing local talent.

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