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Africa's Next Top Model Is Aamito

The winner of the first Africa's Next Top Model is Uganda's Aaamito. Learn all about Stacie 'Queen' Aamito's next steps!

 


On Sunday, Uganda's Stacie 'Queen' Aamito was named winner of the first ever Africa's Next Top Model, organized by Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi, after reaching the top three in the continental modeling competition. Aamito won a 1-year contract with New York-based DNA Model Management, a product endorsement deal with P&G, a 1-year contact as an ambassador for South African Tourism and $50,000, among other prices. Aamito expressed her gratitude after 10 weeks of competition stating: "I would like to thank everybody for their support and for believing in me. It is a dream come true for me and it is truly awesome." It's been a big step to bring this popular show to Africa, hopefully it will open a path of exposure for African models on the international scene. We wish her much success as she becomes the first ambassador for Africa's Next Top Model and wish to see the show next year scouting in more countries throughout Africa

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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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