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Emtee and Nasty C's IG Live battle was a moment for South African hip-hop.

Here’s a Playlist of All Songs From Nasty C and Emtee’s IG Live Battle

Relive Nasty C and Emtee's Instagram Live battle.

Last night, Emtee and Nasty C went head to head in an Instagram Live battle of their hits. The battle was a moment for South African hip-hop, and the debate is still ongoing about who won.


Nasty C and Emtee are peers who broke into the South African mainstream music scene at around the same time and whose careers have had many similarities—for one, they were among the first crop of rappers to fully embrace trap in South Africa's mainstream scene.

Nasty C's breakout hit "Juice Back" was released in 2015. So was Emtee's "Roll Up." Both songs were emphasized by remixes featuring South African and Nigerian superstars. Cassper Nyovest and Davido jumped on "Juice Back" while AKA and Wizkid jumped on "Roll Up" for a remix titled "Roll Up Re-Up."

Nasty C went on to release two albums Bad Hair (2016) and Strings and Bling (2018). Emtee released Avery (2016) and Manando (2017), which he followed up with the EP DIY II in 2019.

Emtee and Nasty C's "Winning" from Emtee's Avery is a monumental collaboration which holds a special place in South African hip-hop.

During the two rappers' IG Live battle, they each played some of their big hits ("Hell Naw," "Roll Up," "Juice Back," "Strings and Bling") and some deep cuts ("Uok," "My OG"). They ended the battle with two unreleased songs.

Stream a playlist of the songs the artists played during their battle on Apple Music.



Emtee Vs Nasty C | IG Live Battle (FULL - All Songs) Who Won? www.youtube.com


Editor's note: Emtee's debut album Avery is not on Spotify, hence we couldn't compile the playlist on the platform. "Juice Back" by Nasty C is not streaming anywhere.

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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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