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The Models and Judges of Africa's Next Top Model

Get to know the 12 models selected and the three judges of the first Africa Next Top Model hosted by Oluchi Onweagba.

We previously told you about the launch of Africa's Next Top Model by Oluchi. This eagerly anticipated event will officially kickoff in a week. Before then, we'd like to introduce you the three judges and the participating models. The first judge is supermodel Oluchi Onweagba who is also the host of the production. Next up is South African fashion editor/writer/photographer and model Josie Borain, who has been proving her worth and talent in the industry over 15 years. Last up is New York City-based Remi Adetiba who'll bring a different eye as a producer, creative director and photographer. With all their knowledge and experience in the fashion industry, the three judges will clearly cover all the different angles. Bets are made and we can unveil the photographs of the 12 models selected from all over Africa. They seem to represent the continental landscape in an organic way and we can tell you that it won't be easy to choose the first Africa Next Top Model ever. If you want to discuss about it, tweet #pretapoundo.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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