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Davido at An OkayAfrica Party. Shot by Elliott Ashby.

This Is What 'An OkayAfrica Party' With Davido Looked Like

In Pictures: Davido and OkayAfrica's NYC release party for A Good Time.

Last Saturday, November 23, we hosted a huge blow out for Davido's brand new album, A Good Time, at Brooklyn venue Schimanski.
The club was packed-out from start to finish as DJ Ecool, DJ Nani, DJ AQ, DJ Mohogany, and Blaq.Pages set the sounds to the night, which also featured live drumming from Soca Warrior Jay and some breakout dance moments. The night was hosted by Young Prince and MC Lolahstic.
Our very special guest, Davido, who stopped by in style and went through some of his massive hits for the crowd. At the night's peak hour, Davido sang "Risky," his latest A Good Time single alongside Popcaan, and "Blow My Mind." He also had an acoustic singalong to "Fall."

Sebastian Mikael, Iman Hannan, Young Paris, Art Comes First and many more were all in attendance.

Check out pictures from very special An OkayAfrica Party with Davido below, shot by Elliott Ashby and Kevain D. Delpesche.


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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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