Cape Town’s iPotsoyi Spring Festival Is Getting Discontinued After Shooting Incident

This is sad.

A person was reportedly shot dead at Cape Town's annual iPotsoyi Spring Festival last week Saturday at the Ostrich Farm where the event takes place every year. This was before two of the festival's headliners, AKA and A-Reece, could perform, as cops shut the event down.


As a result, the organizers of the festival are discontinuing the event.

Unfortunately someone got shot at iPotsoyi a few minutes ago and the cops shut the show down so I won't be able to get on stage. Apologies and condolences.

The organizers announced this decision in a press release they shared on Twitter on Sunday night:

"iPotsoyi is not iPotsoyi if it's costing lives. It is unfortunate that after yesterday's turn of events, our mission has been lost; a vision which seeks to bring people together, peacefully through the love of music. With a heavy heart, we've taken the decision to discontinue the event series."

You can read the full statement below:

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE RE: iPotsoyi Spring Festival 2018pic.twitter.com/Jfw1SvD0Bd

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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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