Stewart Levine

Stewart Levine is an American record producer who has worked with the likes of BB King, Jamie Cullum, Lionel Ritchie, Simply Red and Hugh Masekela.

Levine met long-time collaborator Masekela in 1961, while at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1966 Masekela and Levine formed Chisa records, a pioneer in what became known as World Music. In 1974 Levine produced a music festival to coincide with the Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire, bringing together black American soul stars and African music greats. In 1996 the event was chronicled as Academy Award winning When We Were Kings.

In conversation with Hugh Masakela.