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Inna Modja 'C'est La Vie'

Malian singer Inna Modja drops a vibrant video for her latest single, 'C'est La Vie,' which pays homage to celebrated visual artists.


Malian soul-pop singer Inna Modja invites us to a polychromatic house party in the video for her new single "C’est La Vie."  Mentored as a teenager by Mali's legendary vocalist Salif Keita, Modja got her start in music as a backing vocalist for Keita’s Rail Band de Bamako before relocating to France where she worked as a model while pursuing her music career. In the cinematic clip, the Paris-based songstress toasts to the good life with her closest pals in vibrant ankara print outfits and settings reminiscent of well-known works by fellow Malians Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and David LaChapelle. Besides paying homage to these artistic luminaries with eye-popping visuals, the upbeat track off Modja's forthcoming studio album Motel Bamako and its English/French lyrics intend to recall the temporary nature of the drudgery and anxieties associated with 21st century living. Watch the Marco Conti Sikic-directed video 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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