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Rep Your Culture With OkayAfrica Shop's New Spring Collection

Check out our latest collection of graphic shirts, including our new "West Indian Uni" tee.

Happy Spring, everyone!

To mark the oncoming warmer months, our Okayshop has debuted its new Spring collection, and it includes several new designs to help you stylishly represent for the continent.

The collection of graphic tees includes our new "Africa to the World" shirt as well as our colorful "Africa Prism" graphic tee. All designed to help you were your culture fashionably and proudly.

For our West Indian family, we've got you covered as well. Check out our new "West Indian Uni" tee. It's one of our favorites, and we think you'll enjoy it too.

For the streetwear enthusiasts, we've stocked the site with the limited-edition Fela x Carhartt WIP collection, just in case you weren't able to cop some pieces from the vibrant line sooner.

All designs are available now so head to our newly re-designed online store to get yours before they're gone!

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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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