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George Weah's Son Scores Hat-trick for the US at U-17 World Cup

It prompts the question: if his dad becomes President of Liberia as he's likely to do, will Timothy Weah switch to playing for Liberia?

With his father, former AC Milan striker George Weah, set to run in the second round of the Liberian presidential election, Timothy Weah is proving himself worth of the Weah family name by excelling on the field at the under 17 World Cup. But the likely first-son of Liberia is not playing for his father's country—he's playing for the USA.

Born in New York City in 2000, the 17 year old American national has been signed to Paris Saint-Germain and with his incredible showing at this year's tournament is probably aiming for the club's first team.

According to the BBC

His second strike in particular, a brilliant curling effort from the edge box into the top corner, was reminiscent of his father - who scored a memorable solo goal for Milan against Verona in 1996.

Timothy Weah's father meanwhile, the 1995 Ballon d'Or winner an FIFA player of the year, is leading in Liberia's presidential first round. As of yesterday he was leading the pack of 20 candidates with 39 percent of the count and Liberia's current Vice President Joseph Boakai with 29 percent. As of yesterday, fewer that 5 percent of the country's polling stations had reported. A candidate must get over 50 percent of the total vote to win the presidency on the first round. With that looking unlikely a second round has been declared for November 7th.

If George Weah wins the Liberian election there are a lot of urgent issues he'll have to deal—the biggest one perhaps being the state of the country's various infrastructure networks as illustrated by a comment from his son yesterday.

As reported by ESPN, when Timothy Weah was asked whether his dad has heard the good news about his game he said:

"There isn't a lot of connectivity in Liberia so I couldn't text my father. I texted my mom. She told me to get down on my knees and thank God for scoring a hat trick and now focus on my next game."

Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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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Interview

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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