Masekela son explores SA

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

SAL Masekela, son of legendry 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.

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