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This 60-Minute Boiler Room Cape Town Set From DJ Fosta Is Our #MondayMotivation

Watch DJ Fosta’s 60-minute Cape Town Boiler Room set for Ballantine's and Boiler Room's Stay True Journeys series.

DJ Fosta at Ballantine's and Boiler Room's Stay True Journeys series in Cape Town
In need of some #MondayMotivation? Here’s a full hour of solid house jams courtesy of DJ Fosta. Today we premiere the Langa-based artist’s recent Boiler Room set.

The show was part of Ballantine's & Boiler Room's Stay True Journeys series. The project, which previously set up shop in Mexico City, Santiago, Warsaw, Hamburg and Johannesburg, explores different electronic music scenes across the globe. Late last month Stay True Journeys returned to South Africa to explore the country’s house scene in the context of the global house music landscape. The Langa party featured sets by German producers Henrik Schwarz and Move D plus New York’s Fred P alongside South African producers Kid Fonque & Jullian Gomes, Jazzuelle and Fosta.


Check out our premiere of DJ Fosta’s Stay True Journeys Boiler Room set below.


DJ Fosta Boiler Room x Ballantine's Stay True... by brtvofficial

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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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