Waiting in the Grass 

Hugh Masekela and Goapele at Stern Grove.

You have to get up early to get the good seats in Stern Grove's outdoor concert series, but for this Sunday's free 2 p.m. show the wait is worth it. South African trumpeter and activist Hugh Masekela leads his band through songs from his forty-year career, from "Grazing in the Grass" to "Mandela" and "Stimela." It's powerful jazz-pop politics with those irresistible South African rhythms (which inspired Paul Simon to hire Masekela's band for his Graceland tour in 1987). Opening the outdoor afternoon is Oakland's own larger-than-life singer Goapele, who — like Masekela — uses her music to bring up social issues. SternGrove.org


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