Masekela son explores South Africa

SAL Masekela, son of legendary jazz  legend Hugh Masekela, is in the country on assignment for his employers –  American sports broadcaster ESPN

His gig covers off-beat stories about  South Africa – from profiling Bafana  captain Aaron Mokoena and exploring  grassroots soccer to the impact of  HIV-Aids.

But probably his most prized project is a 10-part documentary series  with his equally famous father Hugh.

Umlando: Through My Father’s  Eyes features the anti-apartheid  activist and his American-born son,  who has made a name for himself as a  sought-after entertainment and sports  presenter.

Together they explore the people,  culture and inspiring landscapes of  South Africa. The older Masekela  relives memories of growing up under  apartheid. This is the first time they  have collaborated on a major project.

The documentary was filmed on  location in March and is produced by  Emmy-winning director Jonathan  Hock. It has been running on ESPN  since the World Cup kicked off on  June 11.

“Taking a break from talking about  celebrities has been wonderful. Doing  stories about South Africa and telling  Americans about this wonderful country has been fulfilling,” Sal says.

While Sal is disappointed in the US  being knocked out of the World Cup by  Ghana, he says he is now rooting for  Ghana “because my stepmother is  from that country”.

His prediction is that Argentina and  Brazil will play in the final.