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April 15, 2021
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Hugh Masekela – ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ (Official Music Video)

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The video is a unique township mbaqanga take on the Bob Dylan classic. It is also a moving tribute to Bra Hugh's lifetime friend, and legendary South African photographer Alf Kumalo.

Directed by Brett Rubin alongside cinematographer Robert Wilson, art director Nicole Van Heerden and editor Tom Glenn. The video was produced by The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation in association with Vatic Studio, and is endorsed by the family and estate of Alf Kumalo.

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The video features never-before-seen footage of Bra Alf Kumalo, at work in his darkroom and shooting street scenes in Alexandra Township.

The video also includes an incredible montage of some of Bra Alf's most iconic pictures spanning the last 50 years of world and South African history — a dizzying array of images that capture some of the most important moments and icons in our country, and the world's, history. As well as striking photographs of the ordinary men and women who crossed Bra Alf's path.

Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Oliver Tambo, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Ruth First, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Father Trevor Hudddleston, Miriam Makeba, and Muhammad Ali are all featured in private and public moments, at ease in the eye of Bra Alf's lens.

The most telling part of the music video is a picture of a young 16-year old Hugh Masekela leaping in the air, clutching the trumpet that had been sent to him by Louis Armstrong. This iconic image became the starting point of a life-long friendship between the two young men, both of whom went on to change the world in their respective ways.

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