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Don’t you even dare ask trumpeter Hugh Masekela for a photo if you’re wearing a weave. Don’t you even dare!

One college student at Rhodes University had the unfortunate experience of learning that the musician does not take photos with weave wearers, when she asked for a photo-op.

“You’re lucky that you were sneaky enough to have him take a picture of you next to me, otherwise I would have refused. I don’t take pictures with girls who have your kind of hair,” Masekela told the student, according to  City Press.

“You’re lucky that you were sneaky enough to have him take a picture of you next to me, otherwise I would have refused. I don’t take pictures with girls who have your kind of hair.”

“We spend about a billion rand on other people’s hair each year. I don’t even know where to begin on this issue.”

How rude.

In the past Masekela has made it clear about his hair preferences.

Last year, he spoke at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus, and explained more about it.

“It’s not that I dislike weaves, it’s just that I come from an era where people who introduced themselves looked like themselves,” Masekela said.

But it seems as though he dislikes them because he refuses to take pictures with women wearing them. Well you know what, so be it. It’s his choice. But I’m sure some weave wearers won’t make the choice of buying tickets to his shows.

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  • Ev

    I can see both sides of this debate. Some Black women DO need to have more pride in their natural hair and stop relying on others hair to feel good about themselves. Most of us were brainwashed, but we all have a choice to do better.

    However, his reaction did “sound” a little too brusk.

  • Mphoza

    An African man called Hugh? His identity is a white man’s name, and he is going to judge someone’s ‘africanness’ based on something as easily changeable as hair? People who think they have a right to tell a woman they don’t know how to wear their hair surprise me!!!…With total respect to the legend, he is wrong for this one.