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Lauryn Hill Will Perform Her First Ever Concert In Nigeria

Lauryn Hill will play her first show in Nigeria on May 1, including Miseducation staples and live Fugees classics.


Lauryn Hill has announced that she'll be heading to Lagos on May 1 to perform her first ever Nigerian concert as part of May Day Live. The show, which will take place at the Eko Hotels & Suites, will feature Ms. Hill alongside a 20-man band and "other top local and international acts" that are as of yet unconfirmed, AllAfrica reports. This wont be the singer's first time performing in Africa, as she recently held her first ever show in Ghana and has previously played in South Africa for Cape Town Jazz Festival, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Senegal. At her Accra concert last year, Ms. Hill ran through her Miseducation staples and live renditions of Fugees classics, tunes which you can expect to hear at her upcoming Lagos date. See the confirmation of the show from Lauryn Hill's official twitter account and watch fan footage from the singer's recent Ghanaian concert below.

Update 4/6: Nigerian hip-hop veteran Sound Sultan has joined the bill for Lauryn Hill's Lagos concert, according to Nigerian Entertainment Today.

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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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