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Ice Prince x AKA 'N Word Remix'

Ice Prince teams up with South Africa's AKA on a massive remix for his Don Jazzy-produced, trap-influenced “N Word.”


Ice Prince's second album Fire Of Zamani has received steady critical acclaim and commercial success since its release back in October offf the back of his singles "Aboki," "I Swear," "Jambo" and "Whiskey." Mr. Zamani gives the Don Jazzy-produced, trap-influenced “N-Word” the remix treatment by linking up with South Africa's AKA for a massive South-meets-West banger. AKA himself has an album that's currently making waves in Mzansi. The "N-Word Remix" isn't the first time the two MC friends have shared the mic. Both contributed verses to the pan-African remix for Motswako originator Khuli Chana’s "Tswa Daar."

It's great to see the continued trend of African artists collaborating across borders. 2014 has already seen a steady stream of excellent pan-African collaborations, such as Nigeria’s Davido featuring SA’s Mafikizolo on "Tchelete," Ghana’s M.anifest recruiting South Afican pantsula pioneer HHP on "Jigah" and Tanzania’s Diamond teaming up with Davido for the "Number One Remix." Mr. Zamani previously got in on the act with his Nigeria-meets-Ghana "Shots On Shots" track with Sarkodie, as well as his featured spots on tracks for South African artists Liquideep and L-Tido. We're looking forward to more of these collaborations in 2014 and beyond. Africa Stand up! For now turn up your speakers for Ice Prince and AKA's "N-Word Remix" (produced by both Don Jazzy and Chopstix), the fifth video single to come off Fire Of Zamani. Look out for cameos from Don Jazzy, Da L.E.S, Dr Sid, Sarkodie, Endia, Yung L, Chopstix, DJ Caise, Peju A, Bizzle Osikoya, and TMXO. Something tells us this one was filmed during the weekend of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs)...

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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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