The Ottawa International Jazz Festival announced June 13 that South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela has replaced Youssou N'Dour in the 2011 jazz festival lineup. The festival said N'Dour had abruptly cancelled his Canadian tour and will return home to Senegal following a family emergency. A story in a Montreal Gazette blog suggested N'Dour had a problem with obtaining visas.
Masekela last appeared in Ottawa in 2008 at a jazz festival winter concert. The famed vocalist and trumpet player will perform in Confederation Park on Tuesday, June 28 at 8:30 p.m. All tickets purchased for the N'Dour performance will be honoured for Masekela's show.
Much of Masekela's music reflects his experience of growing up in South Africa under apartheid. As an icon of the fight for equality in that nation, his style is derived from the battlefields of Johannesburg, the street, the church, labour camps and political protests,along with the sounds of South Africa's diverse ethnic culture. His story is told in vivid portraits of the struggle and the sorrows, the joys and thepassions of his country.
In other lineup changes, French trumpeter Médéric Collignon
earlier cancelled his appearance at the festival due to health issues. No replacement for his concert has been announced.
The Festival also announced that Israeli piano dynamo Omri Mor will be performing at the festival on Thursday, June 23 (instead of June 30); logistical issues had originally put this concert into doubt.