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Dilaska 'Get Up Right Now'

Listen to Durban-born, Cape Town-based emcee, vocalist, and producer Dilaska's new single "Get Up Right Now."


Durban-born, Cape Town-based emcee, vocalist, and producer Dilaska released his first solo project towards the end of 2013. Titled Suffer No More, the project saw Dilaska opening up about his struggles, his desire to better his situation while managing to thoroughly entertain. He produced most of the songs on the project but also roped in the likes of Hipe, Eudy, and JayTip to add variety to the soundscape. Born in the Durban township of eNanda, Dilaska did some growing up in the Eastern Cape before relocating five years ago to the Mother City, where he's steadily building a name for himself as a producer, emcee, and vocalist of note. Two weeks ago, he made an appearance on SABC2’s Hectic Nine-9 teen TV show where he performed his latest single “Get up Right Now” before making it available to the public on his SoundCloud page. On “Get Right up Now,” Dilaska showcases his versatility as an artist (he sings, raps and produces on the track) while motivating and inspiring. “It was my attempt [at] finding a song that can connect with the youth somehow. For them to understand that everything is in their hands the same way I needed to realise that in order to start making moves,” he says. He is also responsible for the spring-ready backdrop which he was assisted in orchestrating by Kalian Volk– a friend from campus– who played the keys. Listen and download Dilaska's “Get up Right Now” 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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