Grrr (Hugh Masekela album)

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Studio album by
RecordedApril 1965 — May 1965
LabelMercury SR 61109
ProducerEd Townsend
Hugh Masekela chronology
Trumpet Africaine
The Americanization of Ooga Booga
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]

Grrr is the second studio album by South African musician Hugh Masekela. It was recorded in New York City and released in 1966 via Mercury Records.[3][4] Grrr was re-released on LP in 1968 on Wing/Mercury labels as Hugh Masekela and on CD in 2003 on Verve label. On this record, he seamlessly fuses jazz ideas with the rhythmically complex South African music known as Mbaqanga.[5]


A reviewer of Dusty Groove wrote "Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South African jazz scene on this one. The tracks are spare, with a strong jazz component – and dancing piano lines behind the raspy and soulful trumpet and trombone solos that dominate much of the record. Titles include "U-Dwi", "Sharpville", "Sipho", "Kwa-Blaney", and "Mra". Don't pass this one up – because it's great!".[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."U, Dwi" (Song For My Mother)Hugh Masekela3:09
2."Zulu and the Mexican"Hugh Masekela3:17
3."Emavungweni" (Green Home)Ndikho Xaba3:05
4."Ntjilo-Ntjilo" (The Love Bird)Miriam Makeba4:05
5."Sharpville"Hugh Masekela3:26
6."Umaningi Bona" (Long River)Zack Nkabinde3:11
7."Sipho"Gwigwi Mrwebi3:37
8."Kwa-Blaney"Jonas Gwangwa2:07
9."Mra"Christopher Mra Ngcukana3:04
10."Phatsha-Phatsha" (Hurry-Hurry aka Puffin' On Down the Track)Lemmy "Special" Mabaso2:54
Total length:32:41


  • Arranging – Hugh Masekela (tracks: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10), Jonas Gwangwa (tracks: 8)
  • Producer – Ed Townsend
  • Editor – Luchi DeJesus
  • Photography – Bob Eimore & Associates, Inc.
  • Photography – Bob Prokup

Uncredited personnel[edit]

The uncredited personnel is identified by Hugh Masekela in his autobiography Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela (Crown 2004, ISBN 978-0-609-60957-6).[7]


  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Hugh Masekela – Grrr". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 1203. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Hugh Masekela - Biography". Amoeba Music. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Hugh Masekela – Grrr". Discogs. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Hugh Masekela: GRRR". Fresh Sound Records. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Hugh Masekela: Grrr". Dusty Groove. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY: 1955-1969". Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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