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Idris Elba, Reggie Rockstone, Phyno and VIP's 'Selfie' Video

Watch Idris Elba, Reggie Rockstone, Phyno and VIP's video for their "Selfie" collaboration, shot across Accra, Lagos, London and Amsterdam.


Last year, hiplife pioneer Reggie Rockstone connected with Ghanaian group VIP for a pop ode to the 21st century self portrait, “Selfie,” under the joint group name of VVIP. Later on, that track got a remix that features an unexpected verse from actor Idris Elba, as well as Nigerian star Phyno. Back in October, Reggie Rockstone told us about how he linked up with Idris Elba in Ghana while the actor was shooting Beasts Of No Nation and recorded the "Selfie (Remix)." Rockstone wrote:

"We would meet on an off-night for him... I recently joined a legendary group called VVIP and dropped a hot single “Selfie” (came out bout the same time as The Chainsmokers version). The tune came on in the joint and all lit up with Idris looking on and boppin his head. I just asked him, “Bro! U wanna jump on the remix?” He replies "Yup! It’s a dope beat! Let’s do it!” What do you think? He did not only keep his word but also did something original by rapping in creole pidgeon English from Freetown and also directing a quick viral video... at a friend’s house right after he was done recording whilst we ate and talked!"

Well that music video, which was shot across Accra, London, Lagos and Amsterdam, is out now. Watch VVIP, Idris Elba and Phyno's visuals for "Selfie (Remix)" below.

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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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