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Video: Miguel Live In South Africa + Says It Was 'Life Changing'

Check out video from singer Miguel in South Africa. His debut performance in South Africa for his album, Kaleidoscope Dream


There are quite a few reasons why Miguel is "that dude" right now, but in case you needed another one, here's some video of the singer performing live in Johannesburg and explaining briefly how his visit to the continent was "life changing." It was the singer's first time to South Africa for touring duties, and the warm reception he received caught the singer off guard - "You come to a completely different continent for the first time, and people know your music, it's pretty cool. It's humbling," Miguel told the Sunday Independent. Fresh off a Grammy win for Best R&B song with "Adorn," Miguel has been making the international rounds with Alicia Keys for her 'Girl On Fire' Tour - although from what we can tell, Miguel is bringing more than a little heat of his own. Check out the performances of "Pussy Is Mine" and "Sure Thing" by Miguel in South Africa below.

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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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