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Ibeyi Cover Jay Electronica's 'Better In Tune With The Infinite' + Fall Tour Dates

Watch Ibeyi cover Jay Electronica's "Better In Tune With The Infinite" and catch them on their fall tour.


XL Recordings' new French-Cuban duo Ibeyi  follow their recent soul-wrenching single "Mama Says" with an acoustic cover of Jay Electronica’s "Better In Tune With The Infinite." Their soulful interpretation, a one-take live recording that took place during their debut album's recording sessions, displays the Yoruba doom soul sisters' now distinctive sonic palette — a sublime combination of piano, voice, cajón and batas. The Paris-based twins have also just announced a series of live tour dates in October and November, which will include a batch of European show and Ibeyi’s first trip to the U.S., with performances scheduled in New York City on November 18 and Los Angeles on November 20. Watch Ibeyi's live cover of Jay Electronica and see their full fall tour dates below.

IBEYI EUROPEAN & U.S. FALL TOUR DATES

October 7th La Cigale, Paris, France (supporting Asa)

October 23rd Courtyard Theatre, London, UK

October 30th JazzOnze, Lausanne, Switzerland (Free Show)

October 31st Kasern, Bale, Croatia

November 3rd Hostess Weekender Festival, Tokyo, Japan

November 7th Salle Daniel Ferry, Nanterre, France (with Sandra Nkake)

November 10th Astra, Berlin (supporting Chet Faker), Germany

November 12th Les Inrocks Festival (supporting Damon Albarn), Paris, France (SOLD OUT)

November 13th Vondelkerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 18th Joe’s Pub, New York, USA

November 20th Hotel Café, Los Angeles, USA

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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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