Thuma mina
the people’s version

In a true union of art and justice the remaking of Bra Hugh Masekela’s song which calls us all to action, Thuma Mina – the People’s Version, led by The Masekela All-Stars, champions the power of personal change and agency; recognising the power of each of us to build a society steeped in human dignity, equality, and freedom for all.

The Masekela all-stars

A host of celebrated South African musicians, affectionately dubbed The Masekela All-Stars, collaborated on this noble vision of social cohesion and people’s empowerment. Vocalists include the legendary Abigail Kubeka, and Vusi Mahlasela, with a younger generation represented by Thandiswa Mazwai, Zolani Mahola and J’Something. Hugh Masekela’s nephew, Selema Writes, adds a fresh and fitting rap – a call to South Africans to end gender-based violence.

Graced with the talents of Bra Hugh’s last touring band, Johan Mthethwa, Fana Zulu, Cameron Ward, Godfrey Mgcina, and Leeroy Sauls, a horn section from the Marcus Wyatt-led Bombshelter Beast, arranged by SAMA award-winner Zwai Bala and produced by Grammy award-winning South African producer JB Arthur, Thuma Mina – the People’s Version, brings a vibrant, upbeat, can-do twist to Bra Hugh’s original. It’s a burst of Hugh-inspired energy around which to organise, support and empower each other – South Africans facing forward with indomitable spirit and innovation.