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Davido, D'banj, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Phyno, K.O, Riky Rick & More Will Play Lagos’ Gidi Culture Festival

The Gidi Culture Festival is coming back strong this year for their third annual all-day bash at Lagos’ Eko Atlantic.


The Gidi Culture Festival is coming back strong this year for their third annual all-day bash at Lagos’ Eko Atlantic on March 26th.

This year’s star packed line-up includes headliners Davido, D'banjTiwa Savage, Phyno, Yemi Alade and Timaya. South Africa’s K.O and Riky Rick will also be present, both will be holding their debut Nigerian performance at the festival. Opening acts include Adekunle Gold and Small Doctor.

Gidi Fest 2016 will be hosted by MTV Base VJs Nomuzi and Ehiz alongside City FM’s Sensei Uche, as well as DJ Obi and DJ Kaywise.

“Gidi Fest is a music festival that defines the progression of music and urban youth culture in Africa,” mentions festival founder Chin Okeke. “The festival was naturally born in Lagos because the city is the melting pot of the continent, yet it maintains a global outlook. Our lineup represents the current crop of African music stars.”

Tickets for Gidi Fest 2016 are available now. See the festival schedule below.

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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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