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Listen to DJ Zinhle and Loyiso's New Track ''Indlovu"

​Listen to DJ Zinhle and Loyiso's Uplifting New Track 'Indlovu'

Award-winning South African artist DJ Zinhle recruits fellow musician Loyiso on this smooth and uplifting track titled 'Indlovu'.

Award-winning South African musician DJ Zinhle has dropped her latest track titled "Indlovu" (translates to elephant in isiZulu). The smooth, upbeat and admittedly uplifting number features fellow South African musician Loyiso. The classic house track has an infectious synth soundscape that is signature to DJ Zinhle's incredible artistry. The beautiful mesh of varied instrumentals makes for an extremely joyful track whose lyrics seek to empower, encourage and help the listener gain perspective. Trust us when we say that this jam is a definite banger.

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Speaking about her latest number, DJ Zinhle says, "For me, the song is about hope and not giving up. It's a timely message as the world is going through uncertainty, Loyiso delivers this message of hope in a gentle and impactful way." She goes on to add that, "I couldn't have chosen a better vocalist and talent for this single. Loyiso is a force and together we were able to create magic."

Echoing DJ Zinhle's sentiments about the song, Loyiso adds that, "I wrote this song with the thought of instilling faith in myself at this hard time in my life and to give myself hope that will be carried out to the rest of the world." He continues saying that, "I knew the moment I sent Sis Zee (DJ Zinhle) the idea she would take it to the next level and she added a part of herself in it that makes this song even more special to me."

"Indlovu" comes after DJ Zinhle released the vibrant track titled "Go" earlier this year with Dr Duda and Lucille Slade.

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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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