Iowa City, IA (March, 04,2015)

Iowa City welcomed  South African duo multi -instrumentalist Hugh Masekela and singer-songwriter/guitarist Vusi Mahlasela’s 20 Years of Freedom tour to The Englert Theatre.  In their native South Africa they share iconic stature. Masekela may be best known in the United States for his crossover 1968 jazz-hit “Grazing in the Grass.” Undoubtedly Masekela has played “Grazzin” more times than he’d care to remember. Hugh Masekela holds a top spot on my favorite  5 trumpeters list which include Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry Don Cherry and Miles Davis. Masekela’s  solo on “Grazzin” solidifies my love of his craft.  Vusi Mahlasela had been completely off my radar until my attendance at “20 Years of Freedom.”

Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela delivered the goods in style,both demonstrating that personal sincerity, compassion  mixed with lots of group participation equals freedom, “A F R I C A!”

 LGS Interview with Hugh MasekelaHugh Masekela Vusi Mahlasela 4

 

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched https://www.drummersphotgrapher.com. Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.