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Babes Wodumo, The Weeknd, Sjava and More Appear on Kendrick Lamar-Produced 'Black Panther' Soundtrack

February can't get here soon enough.

'Black Panther' hits theaters in just a couple weeks, and we seriously cannot wait. But, before then, we have the Kendrick Lamar and TDE-produced soundtrack to look forward to.

The multiple grammy-winning rapper shared the cover art and 14-song tracklist for the project on Wednesday, and it's filled with features from some of our favorite artists.

South African artist Babes Wodumo appears on the track "Redemption" along with frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator Zacari. South African soul singer Sjava will also appear on the album as well as Yugen Blakrok and Saudi.

The album also features The Weeknd, Sza, Travis Scott, Future, James Blake, 2 Chainz, Jorja Smith and other big name artists, including TDE label mates Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q.

To put it quite simply, the tracklist is fire, and it's pretty cool to see that artists from the continent are well represented.

Kendrick Lamar released the soundtrack's lead single "All the Stars" earlier this month. Hear it below.

Black Panther the Album drops on February 9, just a week before the film's release. This is about to be the best Black History Month ever!

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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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