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Listen to 'Global Citizen-EP 1' Featuring Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Cassper Nyovest, Stormzy & More

Hear the 4-track EP curated by Los Unidades, aka Coldplay, also featuring Pharrell Williams, David Guetta and more.

The Global Citizen fest is just 2 days away and ahead of Sunday's star-studded festival, Coldplay, under the new moniker Los Unidades, has teamed up with several of this year's performers to release the Global Citizen-EP 1.

The project features several of our favorite artists including Wizkid and Tiwa Savage, who join Danny Ocean and David Guetta for the track "Voodoo," as well as Cassper Nyovest and British-Ghanaian grime rapper Stormzy who appear together on the track "Timbuktu" along with Jessica Kent.


Los Unidades dropped the EP's first single, "E-Lo," earlier this week. The song features Pharrell Williams, and LA-based rapper, singer and songwriter Jozzy. The song also includes vocals from the late South African musical legend, Miriam Makeba.

The EP's opening track "Rise Up" features words from Nelson Mandela himself.

Listen to the EP below via Spotify and Apple Music.



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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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