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Three Men Convicted In the Murder of 25-Year-Old Nigerian-British Model Harry Uzoka

Fellow model George Koh and two of his friends have been found guilty in the fatal stabbing of the rising model.

George Koh, a 24-year-old British model has been found guilty in the murder of Nigerian-British model Harry Uzoka.

Two other men Merse Dikanda, 24 and Jonathan Okigbo a personal trainer, also 24, have also been convicted for murder and manslaughter, respectively reports the BBC.

Uzoka was stabbed to death by Koh outside of his home in West London in January, in what the police initially believed was a "robbery gone wrong."


Koh denied that he intended to murder Uzoka in court, claiming that he carried two knives with him in self-defense because he was afraid that he would be beaten up by Uzoka and his friends. Koh's friend Dikanda, who was also found guilty of murder, had a machete on him during the incident.

According to a BBC report, Uzoka and Koh were friends in the modeling industry before their relationship soured. Prosecutors said that Koh had bragged to fellow model Annecetta Lafon that he had sex with Uzoka's girlfriend, fellow model Ruby Campbell, and the two decided to confront one another in person.

In a text message to Uzoka, shared in court, Koh wrote: "Where you I'll come there n we can fight bring ur friends with u." Uzoka then responded: "Come Shepherd's Bush."

Koh and friends made there way to Uzoka's apartment on January 11, where surveillance footage showed him being chased by the three men, reports People Magazine. Uzoka, who had brought a crowbar to the fight, was eventually stabbed three times and collapsed on a sidewalk near his apartment building.

Prosecutors argued that Koh, who modeled for Louis Vuitton, became increasingly jealous of Uzoka's success—the deceased model had just landed a major film role, and had modeled in major spreads for GQ and Zara.

The men will be sentenced on September 21.

A BBC news story entitled "Remembering Harry Uzoka," goes into detail about the late model's life and his many accomplishments within the fashion industry at such a young age, even helping Koh get his start in the modeling industry early on. The piece also reveals his dream of writing a film and creating a magazine celebrating black excellence.

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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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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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