Monday, 22 July 2013

Hugh Masekala at the Paris Jazz Festival

Yesterday I had the really quite astonishing experience of seeing the legendary Hugh Masekala at the Paris Jazz Festival. It was absolutely fantastic.

The Paris Jazz Festival is a two month celebration each June and July. Held at the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris, it is actually a free event, you just need to pay park admission, which is pretty cheap- 5.50 for an adult, child (7-25y.o) 2.75. You can even get a season pass to the park for 20 euros per adult (you need photo ID for that). The season pass lasts from May to November and covers both the Paris Jazz Festival and the Festival Classique au Vert later in the year. That's outstanding value!

It was such an amazing concert. Held as part of the South African Season 2012-2013. There have been many other events including the Nelson Mandela exhibition at the Hotel de Ville and even the Eiffel Tower being lit in the colours of South Africa.

His whole band was fantastic

It's hard to capture the vibrancy and energy of his performance in these still photos. This next one shows a little more. 

Hugh Masekala can squat more than any 74 year old man than I've ever seen. And he said that they played in Munich the night before, finished at 1am, and had to be up at 4am for the trip to Paris. It was hot too- 35+.

Mr Wicker (quite the hifi nerd) thinks that it was the best sound of any concert he's ever been to.

I had quite a bit of trouble finding information about where the concert was (especially in English), so thought I would give a few pointers for others looking to go to concert at Parc Floral.

Catch the Metro to Chateau de Vincennes. It's at the Eastern end of Line 1. Then a nice 10 minute walk around the eastern side of the Chateau which brings you to Esplanade Saint Louis at the rear of the Chateau. There is a park entrance on that corner. There are buses that service the park too with a stop right at the entrance.

We weren't sure where to go, but everyone else seemed to know.

Concerts are (usually) held in Espace Delta Concerts, near the big blue lake there.

There is a seated area in front of the stage. We only got there about 45 minutes before the concert started and had no trouble getting a seat. It was standing room later. Many people were picnicing around the park, I imagine that they would have heard it well too, although it is much better to get close and see the show.

I still have Bring Him Back Home ringing in my ears!

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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Unexpected. Thanks for taking us to this jazz event in Paris, Louise. Wonder if there are any small audio files of this artist.

Paulita said...

Magical. I love that you are relaxing in Paris and going to concerts rather than running around from tourist stop to tourist stop. You're my new role model. Thanks for playing along and don't forget to sign up for the $20 Amazon card giveaway on my blog. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

But of course Bring Back Nelson Mandela is an audio file. Silly me to assume it was a political speech of some sort.

Louise said...

Deb, glad you found the video. I do love African music, and I was very happy to get a chance to see Hugh Masekala- for free! (well just the airfare to Paris, and a months holiday)...

Thanks Paulita, but we have been here for a month. There's been quite a bit of touristy stuff, but also time to do some other things. I like longer holidays in the one spot (especially Paris of course) it gives you a better chance to settle into the rhythm of a place and really get to know it.

Joy said...

What a terrific experience. Made me wish that still photos had sound! It looks like it was amazing.
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Tamara said...

I love the smells, sounds and sights of Paris in Summer, and your photo's took me straight there. There's nothing better than spening a relaxing day out with like minded people listening to great and inspiring music. I've quite enjoyed listening to Hugh's music while I'm sitting here at work. Thanks

Jeanie said...

First of all, thanks for your wonder comments on The Marmelade Gypsy!

And now, a bit of envy, for to see Hugh Masekela would simply be the most remarkable experience! I was introduced to him (like many) through Paul Simon and have to come to discover him beyond. Merci!