Tomorrow (Hugh Masekela album)

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Tomorrow
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Studio album by
Released1987
RecordedJanuary–September 1986
London
Genre Jazz
Length49:27
Label WEA 254 573-1
Producer Hugh Masekela, Don Freeman, Geoffrey Haslam
Hugh Masekela chronology
Waiting for the Rain
(1985)
Tomorrow
(1987)
Uptownship
(1988)
Professional ratings
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Robert Christgau B– [2]
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Tomorrow is a 1987 studio album by South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. [4] [5]

Contents

Reception

Richard S. Ginell of Allmusic wrote: "Still in exile from his homeland, Hugh Masekela leaves no doubt where he would rather be in this carefully produced, majestically swinging, techno-pop-jazz album that leans heavily in the direction of Soweto. Masekela often performs sophisticated takes on three-chord township jive, leading the massed vocals with his own coarse yet evocatively blunt voice, while leaving himself just enough room to peel off a few patented, repeated-note trumpet licks and double-tracked flugelhorn statements. Later on the record, the keys turn minor but the high-tech verve is still there. The key track is a fine version of Masekela's signature tune of the '80s, 'Bring Him Back Home,' which became prophetic in the next decade with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison (though the 'walking hand in hand with Winnie Mandela' bit didn't last long)." [1] Robert Christgau commented: "The words document his losses, his struggle, his oppression as a South African exile. I learned from them, and that's high praise for any lyric. The music documents the life he wants to lead, which is as corny as any other dance-fusion jazz played by musicians overimpressed with their own chops. He has a right to that life, obviously. Just as obviously, I have a right to pursue my own life elsewhere." [2]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bring Him Back Home"Michael Timothy, Tim Daly, Hugh Masekela4:41
2."Mayibuye"Don Freeman, Hugh Masekela6:32
3."Ke Bale"Tsepo Tshola, Hugh Masekela5:25
4."London Fog"Hugh Masekela, Jabu Moatha-Masekela7:19
5."Everybody's Standing Up"Michael Timothy, Tim Daly, Hugh Masekela6:44
6."Bird on the Wing"Bill Lovelady, Hugh Masekela8:05
7."Something for Nothing"Michael Timothy, Tim Daly, Hugh Masekela5:49
8."Serengeti"John Selolwane, Mopati Tsienyane, Hugh Masekela5:16
Total length:49:27

Personnel

Band

Production

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