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EVERYDAY AFRIQUE Kicks Off the Summer Season This Memorial Day

Your favorite summer party is back.

OkayAfrica and Everyday People's EVERYDAY AFRIQUE party is easily one of the best places to be during summer in New York City.

We're kicking off the 2019 season this Memorial Day, May 27, with our first installment of the party that brings out the city's finest. This year, we're taking EVERYDAY AFRIQUE to a new location at Nowadays, where you can dance and sip the day & night away across the venue's outdoor and indoor spaces.

GRAB TICKETS TO EVERYDAY AFRIQUE'S MEMORIAL DAY PARTY AT NOWADAYS

Join us for a day of music from the heavyweight line-up of DJ Moma, DJ Tunez, Rich Knight, Moniki, DJ Underdog and LL Cool Blaze, with hosts Saada, Roble, Ivie, Giselle, Kam, Shernita and Maine.

All details in the flyer below and grab your tickets here.

NYC it's that time of the year!


Everyday People & Okay Africa present Everyday Afrique

When: Memorial Day Monday, May 27th from 3pm-10pm.

Where: Nowadays

Music by: DJ Moma, Tunez, Rich Knight, Moniki, Underdog & LL Cool Blaze

Hosted by: Saada, Roble, Ivie, Giselle, Kam, Shernita & Maine

Ticket Costs: $20 GENERAL (Please note that all commissions and processing fees are included in the ticket total)

For Inquiries please email: iam@everydaypplnyc.com

This is a 21+ event.

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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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