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Take a trip with the Masekelas

By Patience Bambalele | Apr 21, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A film featuring Hugh Masekela and his American-born son Salema will be aired during the World Cup.

A film featuring Hugh Masekela and his American-born son Salema will be aired during the World Cup.

Umlando - Through My Father's Eyes, a 10-part series, will be flighted by ESPN on Dstv. It offers an introspective look at South Africa through the eyes of one of her famous personalities.

Jazz legend and anti-apartheid activist Hugh and Salema, an ESPN reporter for the world soccer event, explore South Africa, her people, culture, landscapes and history.

The series captures aspects of the elder Masekela's life, from memories of his childhood and learning his ancestors' traditions to his impressions of life in apartheid South Africa.

Salema joins his father to explore the soccer host nation in one of the American television channel's first in-depth portrayals of traditional South Africa.

"Of all the special elements being created for our 2010 Fifa World Cup coverage, Umlando will be the most evocative and emotional," said Jed Drake, ESPN's executive producer, 2010 Fifa World Cup.

"It is a rare and powerful opportunity to explore this remarkable place. Our viewers will find Hugh and Salema's journey fascinating and memorable," Drake said.

Salema Masekela said: "To take a road trip with my father through his native South Africa, to get to know its culture and history has been a lifelong dream. To be able to take the whole world on the journey through the watchful eyes of filmmaker Jonathan Hock has changed my life. South Africans are as unique and diverse as the country itself. The World Cup audience will feel the same way after riding shotgun with us on this adventure."

Umlando was filmed across South Africa in March. It will debut on ESPN in the US on June 11 and will air during World Cup studio programming on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Mobile TV and ABC throughout the tournament.

Highlights cover Masekela's ancestral village and his journey to Sharpeville, where he looks at the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre.


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