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Jidenna's New Album Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Jidenna announces his album's release date and shares new single "The Let Out," featuring Quavo of rap group Migos.

After a hit single, countless other jams and appearances in some of our favorite TV shows. Nigerian singer and rapper, Jidenna, has finally announced that his long-awaited debut album The Chief will be dropping on February 17.


Along with the news of the album's release, he shared his latest single "The Let Out" featuring Migos MC, Quavo.

Following the carefree afrobeats feel of last year's "Little Bit More," the Nigerian rapper/singer switches things up and delivers a booming track that sees him flexing his MC skills atop Migos-esque trap production. It knocks.

Listen to the song below, and revisit that one time that Quavo and the rest of Migos performed their hit single "Bad and Boujee" in Nigeria and tore shit up.

N I G E R I A N W A Y C U L T U R E BAD & BOUJEE

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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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