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Falle Nioke Does Not Disappoint With New Single ‘Salia’

The Guinean singer has a new single and a short documentary about a new life chapter.

Falle Nioke is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Conakry, Guinea who you need to get to know. Nioke has just released a new single produced by Johan Hugo of The Very Best. "Salia," has pumping, pulsating beats. His voice is bold and rings clear, alternating between pure sound and slightly effected vocals–doubling them to make it sound like a ghost-version of himself is trailing close behind.


Salia is the sort of 'Afro deep house' that speaks to your soul and connects you with your ancestors. The music instantly transports you to a world that feels primordial—telling a tale so true that you've known it long before It takes you on a journey, seemingly enveloping you and playing your very ribs to the percussion and handclaps.

More than his music, Nioke's story is also interesting. Being born and raised in Guinea, he later moved to Margate in the United Kingdom, a seaside town where he can often be seen humming and strumming down by the harbor.

Nowness has made a short documentary about him and how the change in scenery has affected his art. He speaks on the difference, "Back home in Guinea, there is life on the street. Life on the street that makes you write about it as an artist. Here, I found a new inspiration. Standing on the harbour, looking at the ocean, looking at the sea—it's a new inspiration for me."

The documentary is directed by Tom Dream who says it "captures Nioke at a particularly exciting moment in his life. Filmed soon after the birth of his son, the center of his creativity now has a new foundation in family and community."

Listen to "Salia" and watch the short doc over at Nowness.

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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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