The Promise of a Future

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The Promise of a Future
Hugh Masekela - The Promise of a Future.jpg
Studio album by
Recorded12–14 March 1968
StudioGold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California
LabelUni Records 73028
ProducerStewart Levine
Hugh Masekela chronology
Hugh Masekela Is Alive and Well at the Whisky
The Promise of a Future
Africa '68
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]

The Promise of a Future is the eighth studio album by South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela released via Uni Records label.[3] It was recorded in March 1968 in Los Angeles, California.[4][5] The album was re-released on CD in 1993 on One Way label. The Promise of a Future features Masekela's version of a famous instrumental composition "Grazing in the Grass".


A reviewer of Dusty Groove stated: "Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of 'Grazin In The Grass', a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that Hugh copped from his roots. The group's a tight little quintet with Al Abreu on tenor and soprano sax, William Henderson on piano, Chuck Carter on drums, and Henry Franklin on bass."[6] A reviewer of Billboard added: "Fluent in any musical lingo, Masekela and his crowd should sample all the charts before settling down."[7]

Track listing[]

1."Ain't No Mountain High Enough"Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson2:00
2."Madonna"Al Abreu3:10
3."No Face, No Name and No Number"Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood3:26
4."Almost Seedless"Hugh Masekela3:36
5."Stop"Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman2:35
6."Grazing in the Grass"Harry Elston, Philemon Hou, Hugh Masekela2:40
7."Vuca" (Wake Up)Hugh Masekela3:40
8."Bajabula Bonke" (The Healing Song)Miriam Makeba6:25
9."There Are Seeds To Sow" (Guitar – Bruce Langhorne)Hugh Masekela2:25



  1. ^ Davis, Hank. "Hugh Masekela – The Promise of a Future". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (27 May 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 1203. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Hugh Masekela - Biography". Amoeba Music. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Hugh Masekela: The Promise of a Future". Discogs. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  5. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY: 1955-1969". Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Hugh Masekela: Promise of a Future". Dusty Groove. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 85 1 June 1968. Retrieved 4 November 2019.

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