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Watch Dr Esther Mahlangu Break Down Her Journey to Scoop Makhathini in This Exciting Interview

Watch Scoop Makhathini interviewing Dr Esther Mahlangu on Catching Waves.

Renowned South African fine artist, Dr Esther Mahlangu recently sat down with revered TV presenter and cultural figure Scoop Makhathini for an exciting interview. The interview is part of Scoop and the website Slikour On Life's web series Catching Waves.


The artist tells the story of how she got into art at the age of 10, and how she got her big break through French tourists, among other stories. She also mentions that she's not picky about who she works with— "All of them are important," she says. The artist reveals that sometimes she paints using mud and cow dung.

Dr Esther Mahlangu is one of the most respected artists in South Africa. She is known for her colorful geometric Ndebele art that has appeared on items by brands such as BMW, Belvedere, Albany, and a whole lot.

Last year, she awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Johannesburg for "her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur and educator, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds."

Watch the conversation between Scoop and Dr Mahlangu below:

Scoop Makhathini Talks To Dr Esther Mahlangu About Life, Art & Legacy www.youtube.com

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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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