Selema Mabena Masekela is the son of South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela, and a Haitian mother. Masekela is also the older half-brother of Survivor: Cook Islands contestant Nathan Gonzalez. He was raised in Staten Island, New York and Carlsbad, California.

Masekela is the co-founder of Berkela Motion Pictures with Jason Bergh. When he was a teenager, Masekela’s upbringing brought him to Southern California, where he was first exposed to surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding.

Early Life
The now late Hugh Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018), Selema’s father, was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He has been described as “the father of South African jazz.” Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues” and “Bring Him Back Home”. He also had a number 1 US pop hit in 1968 with his version of “Grazing in the Grass”. A native of New York, Selema Masekela travelled the world in his youth with his South African jazz musician father Hugh Masekela. His own band, Alekesam, shares the name of his first film which chronicles his relationship with his father and their connection through music, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012.

Alekesam’s music has been featured on Entourage and House of Lies, with their newest single, “All Is Forgiven”, featured on the season four premiere of the Showtime hit. Masekela has hosted live events, including YouTube’s Brandcast in New York and Paris, YouTube Live on Stage from the Kennedy Center, and Google’s Zeitgeist.
In February 2014, Masekela made his Olympic broadcasting debut from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, reporting features for NBC’s nationally syndicated Olympic Zone. He joined the Emmy-award winning investigative series VICE on HBO as a correspondent and executive producer in 2015. That year, he also appeared in the remake of the cult classic Point Break.

From April 2016 Masekela appeared as the host and executive producer of VICELAND’s docu-series, VICE World of Sports. The series took viewers all over the world to explore each location’s people, politics, and culture through sports.

Masekela is also involved in the production company UX Entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, UXE specializes in film, commercials, music videos, and animation work.

Masekela has a clothing company, Art of Craft, which donates a percentage of every sale to charity.

He served as an NBA sideline reporter for ESPN during the 2003-2004 seasons. Masekela was co-host of The Daily 10, a countdown of the day’s “top 10” entertainment stories, on the E! Network until it was cancelled on Sept 27, 2010.

He was also host of both the X Games and Winter X Games on ESPN for 13 years but left in 2012 to work for NBC and NBC Sports Network through a contract with Red Bull Media House.

He appears in the “Green” episode of Yo Gabba Gabba singing the song “Hello World” which aired on Nick Jr. on April 22, 2009.

In 2010, he was hired by ESPN to help as a correspondent in its coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South