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Antibalas, Pegasus Warning & Zongo Junction at Music Frees All Fest

Music Frees All Festival Featuring Antibalas, Pegasus Warning & Zongo Junction


The Music Frees All Festival is back celebrating its third year of groovemaking. Okayafrica favorites Antibalas, Pegasus Warning and Zongo Junction are all set to appear at this year's festival, which will take place July 19th-21st at Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bell House, and NY Hostelling International. The weekend will raise money for the Scotty Hard Trust to continue supporting legendary Brooklyn-based producer Scott Harding, who was paralyzed in a 2008 car accident.

Friday 7/19

6:30pm

Bowery Electric

327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Chicha Libre - Mokaad - La Mecanica Popular - Smoota - BAM - Nikhil P Yerawadekar + Low Mentality - Peoples Champs - The Bailen Brothers

11pm

Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)

196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

EMEFE - Cuddle Magic

Saturday 7/20

7pm

The Bell House

149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Antibalas - The Stepkids - DJ Prince Paul - Pegasus Warning

Sunday 7/21

1pm

Hostelling International NY

891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

No Mirrors Orchestra (20-piece afro-rock exploration) - Zongo Junction - Xenia Rubinos - Super Hi-Fi - Karikatura - Gabriel Garzon-Montano - Nickel and Dime OPS - The EMEFE Horns

+ BBQ, Beer Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, Live Art, Tap Dancing, Tabla Lessons, Circus Performers and more.

Buy your weekend festival pass here and RSVP to the facebook invite.

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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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