Download DJ Underdog's 87-Minute 'Save the Ritual Pt. 1' Mixtape

Download DJ Underdog's 87-minute 'Save the Ritual Pt. 1' mixtape featuring Uhuru, Michael Jackson, Boddhi Satva and more.

DJ Underdog at Everyday People Brunch x Okayafrica, shot by Ginny Suss

DJ Underdog, resident spinner behind Okayafrica parties in DC and New York, has delivered on a brand new mixtape for us. Save The Ritual Pt. 1 is an 87-minute round-up of "African tunes I am feeling at the moment and are making the dancefloor move," Underdog told us. Stream the mix in full below. Underdog spins this Saturday, November 8th, at Okayafrica Electrafrique NYC with King Britt. Entry is FREE before 10pm with RSVP here.

>>>Download DJ Underdog's Save the Ritual Pt. 1 Mixtape

DJ Underdog's Save the Ritual Pt. 1 Tracklist:

01. Douga (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul Remix)


03. Duvido-Mena


05. Soumbouya (Boddhi Satva )

06. Lasperrone ft. Dj Silyvi - Do man Nela Kwankwanram

07. DumbSTEp.128

08. Track 05

09. Olothando (Incl. Rame from Pastaboys, The French Twins & Koro Mixes) (Original)


11. Sunlightsquare - Ochosi (Jose Marquez Remix)

12. DJ Oats - KamSelele (Jose Marquez Remix)

13. Git Feat. Big Brooklyn Red - Higher (Afefe Iku Remix)


15. A Woman in Love (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul Remix)


17. Michael jackson - Mama Say Mama Sa (Acapella)


19. Uhuru-Pata Pata


21. Intro - Tapping

Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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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