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A Fresh Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP Pop-Up Is Coming to Okay Space

For one day only, shop the new Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP collection and check out the New York premiere of "One Day Go Be One Day."

All roads lead to Brooklyn for a pop-up experience you can't miss.

The new Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP collection pop up is coming to Okay Space for one day only on Thursday, April 4, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.—with sounds by DJ Buka.


Join us for the the New York premiere of One Day Go Be One Day, the new film about afrobeat legend Fela Kuti by Carhartt Work In Progress, Dazed and NTS Radio. The film was directed by Akinola Davies Jr with music from Obongjayar. You can check out the film trailer on Instagram TV here.

Here's a sneak-peek of the collection you can see in the flesh this Thursday below:

Photo courtesy of Carhartt WIP.

Photo courtesy of Carhartt WIP.

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Okay Space is located at 281 North 7th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211.

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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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