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Listen to Cassper Nyovest's World Cup Anthem With Jason Derulo

The star rapper adds a South African twist to Jason Derulo's "Colours."

Previous World Cup host South Africa did not qualify for this year's competition, but Cassper Nyovest is making sure his country still leaves a mark.

The rapper and producer just released a remix of Jason Derulo's 2018 Coco-Cola World Cup Anthem. While Derulo's original pop track will get you onto the dance floor, Nyovest's version will transport you to the streets of Soweto, surrounded by an electric ambiance and the sound of vuvuzelas. This update adds something uniquely South African to the song, and the result is fire.


The collaboration between Nyovest and Derulo was announced in February as part of an effort to include African artists in the anthem. Coca-Cola invited artists from different African countries, including South Africa, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda to add their country's spin.

In an interview with South African radio station 94.7, Nyovest said, "Working with Jason Derulo was mad cool because he's a pop artist and I'm a rap artist and it's a two different worlds coming together. In South Africa, we've got so many different backgrounds, and so we put all our colours and everything we could have thought of into it and it turned out great."

While remix from Colombian singer Maluma has already dropped, we're keeping an ear out for upcoming releases from African artists.


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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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