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NYC's Best Dressed Celebrate Africa Day 2015 At Okayafrica & Everyday People's #EVERYDAYAFRIQUE

For Africa Day 2015, Okayafrica and Everyday People teamed up for the very first #EVERYDAYAFRIQUE rooftop party in Brooklyn.

Photos: Leon Williams (@leonwilliamsnyc) and Issac Campbell (@reallifesoup)


For Africa Day this year we teamed up with our friends Everyday People for the very first edition of #EVERYDAYAFRIQUE, an all-day party on the Output roof in Brooklyn that saw over 1,400 of NYC's best dressed turn up for sets from Okayafrica Electrafrique's own DJ Cortega and DJ Underdog joined by EP resident DJs Moma and Rich Knight. If you missed out, rest assured we haven't seen the last of #EVERYDAYAFRIQUE. In the meantime, NYC-based photographers Leon Williams (@leonwilliamsnyc) and Issac Campbell (@reallifesoup) were on hand to document the festivities.

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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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