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Master KG Recruits Akon & David Guetta on 'Shine Your Light'

Listen to Master KG's new uplifting anthem 'Shine Your Light' featuring David Guetta and Akon.

South African artist and producer Master KG is back with yet another potential smash hit. In his latest track "Shine Your Light", he enlists music veterans David Guetta and Akon for an uplifting anthem that is sure to unite the world in much the same way as his 2019 hit song "Jerusalema" featuring Nomcebo Zikode did. Incidentally, the release of "Shine Your Light" comes amid "Jerusalema" having clocked a whopping 400 million views on YouTube — a massive feat.


READ: Interview: Master KG Talks 'Jerusalema' and Taking Bolobedu House to the World

"Shine Your Light" is a feel-good and upbeat number that brings together Master KG and David Guetta's unique abilities to create an undeniably infectious melody alongside Akon's positive lyricism. The central message of the song speaks to a better day for everyone across the globe at a time when the world is experiencing loss and tremendous uncertainty. It's a track with a cosmopolitan feel to it but that also retains the unique elements we've grown to love in Master KG's music.

Master KG recently expressed his excitement at having had the opportunity to work with both Akon and David Guetta on social media.

Speaking to OkayAfrica in an interview last year, Master KG talked about his plan for this year saying: "[I'll] definitely be dropping an album. It's been a year or two now. So, probably putting out something new from scratch." The artist also went on to add that: "I also just want to collaborate with other artists from all over the world and try to grow the Master KG brand to bigger heights."

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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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