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Batida’s Heartwarming ‘Céu’ Video Follows The Story Of A Child Astronaut

Angolan-Portuguese producer Batida shares his new music video for “Céu” featuring François & the Atlas Mountains.


Angolan-Portuguese producer Batida aka Pedro Coquenão has been a busy man lately, releasing an album with Konono N°1 and fighting for social justice and the freedom of 16 detained young activists in Angola.

The producer is now sharing his latest music video for “Céu,” a track that was originally meant to be a remix of French-British pop group François & the Atlas Mountains.

Batida mentions that the song is “about dreaming awake, losing your ground and dealing with it the most positive way to be able to keep dreaming. It’s about lost and transformation.”

Watch the heartwarming music video for “Céu,” directed by Vasco Vala, below.

Catch Batida live on August 14 at Okayafrica’s NYC SummerStage show alongside Mbongwana Star and Young Paris and on his upcoming tour dates.

Batida Tour Dates

MAY

14 - Konono Nº 1 Meets Batida - Music Meeting Festival - Nijmegen, NL

15 - MURO - Festival de Arte Urbana - Carnide, PT

28 - Off Fest - Skopje, MKD

JUNE

2 - Batida DJ Set - Boilerrom Stay True Portugal - Lisbon, PT

18 - Fête de La Musique - Brussels, BE

25 - Glastonbury Festival - Glastonbury, UK

JULY

14 - Batida DJ Set - Picnic Sessions - Madrid, ES

16 - Batida - Uma Lata DJ Set - Super Bock Super Rock - Lisbon, PT

17 - Walthamstow Garden Party - London, UK

21 - Konono Nº 1 Meets Batida - Pirineos Sur - Lanuza, ES

22 - Music I Lejet Festival - Tisvildeleje, DK

AUGUST

14 - Summerstage Festival - Central Park - New York, USA

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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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