Hugh Masekela on his passion in bringing the Regina Brooks story to the stage

The play is the true story of a white woman Regina Brooks who tried to be racially reclassified in the 1950s so she could live with her child. During the apartheid era, mixed race couples were illegal in terms of the Immorality Act.

What triggered his interest in this story?

Masekela says he went to see Johannesburg Theatre director Xoliswa Ngema.

I said there is this one woman who was the only woman to beat the Immorality Act. The only accused who ever beat the Immorality Act and she did it by only speaking Zulu.

Hugh Masekela, musician and musical director

He says she grew up with black African people.

She had such a pure heart.

Hugh Masekela, musician and musical director

He says it ran in her family and both her brother and sister became involved with black partners.

She was sincere with it, and she just fell in love with him and opened her heart to him, and it is a great love story and it's a time of interesting urban and rural music.

Hugh Masekela, musician and musical director

Masekela says at the time he was in boarding school and he and his friends were all in love with her.

She was 22-years-old and she was really fine....She was really beautiful.

Hugh Masekela, musician and musical director

But what made him pursue this story, he says, was her determination to be a Zulu person.

She said I just can't be with Europeans.

Hugh Masekela, musician and musical director

He says the cast is very versatile and sing and act very well.

Most of the play is in isiZulu.

Listen to Bra Hugh's passionate description of bringing the story to the stage:


This article first appeared on 702 : Hugh Masekela on his passion in bringing the Regina Brooks story to the stage


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