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Hugh Masekela

“Hugh Masekela is a national treasure, a gem, a gift we should adore and value.” – Justice Malala

Shot in a public park near Hugh Masekela’s home in Bryanston, Johannesburg, photographer Adrian Steirn’s portrait plays on the musician’s smash hit “Grazing in the Grass”. The image captures Masekela playing his beloved trumpet while standing in a field of grass, evoking the artist’s unique brand of African jazz. Steirn wanted to shoot it outside but simultaneously create a shot-in-studio feel to it, combining the natural and the artificial — the African field and the sprawling city.

As Steirn says, “It’s a self-fulfilling portrait: one of the greatest jazz musicians on our planet standing in African grass. It tells the story of the hit that put him on the map.”