Sal Masekala’s jazz roots

“In the beginning, it was very difficult for my dad to understand why I was skateboarding and surfing and snowboarding and working odd jobs, living the shred lifestyle,” says Sal Masekela, looking back on the altogether different life path he carved out for himself after ditching any expectations that he’d be taking career cues from his father, South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela. “I remember he’d ask me what I was up to and I’d be like, ‘Yo, I’m still shredding. And you?’ But he was also the one to say, straight up, ‘If you love this stuff as much as you do, you need to be in it.’”
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