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Black Coffee Is Working With Pharrell, Cassie and Diplo

We can't wait to hear these songs.

South African DJ and producer extraordinaire Black Coffee continues to break boundaries. One of his dream collaborations, which is Pharrell Williams, is finally happening.


The DJ and producer told Complex in an interview:

"We're working on a song already; we spent some time in the studio. I'm also helping... David Guetta's doing his album. I'm from the dance world, but I consider myself a producer."

Last year November, Coffee posted a video of him with Pharrell in studio.

In the interview with Complex, Coffee also mentioned more names he's working with:

"I think I almost got trapped into one world of being a dance music producer when I've always known I can do more," he says. "Now I'm starting to really do stuff... I'm working on a song with Yuna, working on a song with Cassie, for their projects. I'm doing something with Diplo. That's the world I want to be in. I'm doing songs; they don't have to be in the club."

Black Coffee has been pushing the boundaries for sometime now. From being the first African-based artist to have his own Beats 1 show, to working with Drake on More Life, scoring a residency in Ibiza, playing at Coachella, among other major moves, there's just no stopping the man.

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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 β€” 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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