Sal Masekela
Name: Selema Mabena "Sal" Masekela
Born: August 28, 1971
Occupation: Host, Actor, Singer, Sports Commentator
Selema Mabena "Sal" Masekela (born August 28, 1971) is an American television host, sports commentator, actor and singer.


Sal Masekela is the son of the South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela and the older half-brother of Survivor:Cook Islands contestant Nathan Gonzalez. Sal is of South African and Hatian descent and was raised in Staten Island, NY and Carlsbad, California where he attended Carlsbad High School. Sal is also the co-founder of Berkela Motion Pictures with Jason Bergh. His career as a receptionist/intern at Transworld Publications in 1992, home of TW Show, TW Skateboarding and TW Surf magazine. An avid surfer, skateboarder and snowboarder. He is described by some as the face and voice of action sports. He served as an NBA sideline repoter for ESPN during the 2003-2004 season.Sal hosted the short-lived pool themed game show Ballbreakers which ran on GSN from 2005 to 2006. Prior to this, Sal has also appeared on an episode of Lingo along with his co-host Ewa Laurance. Sal was also the 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 September 27, 2010 (last show October 1, 2010). He is also host of both the X Games and Winter X Games on ESPN. He appears in the "Green" episode of Yo Gabba Gabba singing the song "Hello World" for which it aired on Nick Jr. on April 22, 2009. In 2010, he was hired by ESPN to help a correspondent in its coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. While working as a correspondent, Sal was featured along with his father Hugh, in a series of videos on ESPN. The series was called Umlando - Through my Father's Eyes aired in 10 parts during ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The series focused on Sal and Hugh's travels through South Africa. Hugh brought his son to the places of where he grew up. It was Sal's first and only trip to his father's homeland. In 2012, Sal's film Alekesam (his last name spelled backwards) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Social ActivistEdit

Sal is involved in several social activites and is the co-founder of Stoked Mentoring, an organization dedicated to mentoring at risk youth through action sports. He also serves on the advisory board of The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization which provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa. Sal is also a strong public supporter of the Surfrider Foundation and Life Rolls On.

Show hostedEdit

Ballbreakers (2005-2006)

Show appearedEdit

Lingo (2005)

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