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Former Super Eagle Isaac Promise Dies

Fans are remembering the Nigerian football star who was pronounced dead at just 31.

Nigerian football star, striker Isaac Promise, has died after collapsing during a workout in his apartment complex gym. He was only 31.

His death was announced by his football club Austin Bold, with the president of the club, Bobby Epstein, sharing these words: "It's with shock and grief that we acknowledge the sudden death of Promise Isaac. The greatest loss a team can suffer is not on the scoreboard, it's the death of a fellow teammate. On behalf of the BOLD organisation; we wish his wife, children and family strength and peace as they struggle to cope with his death." There has been no cause of death stated.


Promise had led an impressive career, despite his youth. He was captain of the Nigeria team that took home silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Promise had been playing professionally for 14 seasons–nearly half his young life– and scoring a total of 77 goals over his career.


Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Promise went professional in 2005 by signing a three-year deal with the Genclerbirligi club in the Turkish Turkcell Super League. He then played for other many other Turkish league teams for the next 12 years. His career is documented by the Nigerian Player's Database and show him lending his talents to these teams: Trabzonspor (2008-2010), Manisaspor (2010-2014), Antalyaspor (2012-2014), Al Ahli (2014-2015), Balıkesirspor (2015), Karabükspor (2015-2017) and a short loan with Giresunspor in 2017. Promise then transitioned to the United States Soccer League with the Georgia Revolution. He was most recently with the Austin Bold, where he began playing this year.

Tributes to the late Flying Eagle are pouring in across social media from teammates, former teams and fans.

















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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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