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R2bees And Davido Rap From The Houston Suburbs In The Video For 'Gboza'

The American suburbs never looked cooler than in Ghanaian duo R2bees' new video for "Gboza" featuring Nigerian star Davido.


The suburbs have never looked cooler than in R2bees' new video for "Gboza" featuring Davido. The unstoppable Ghanaian-Nigerian collaboration was filmed in Houston, Texas this past March following their epic SXSW performance. The music video for the Killbeatz-produced track features the rappers and their crew enjoying hometown American life while singing over laid-back synth beats from the vacant streets of Houston. We caught up with the Ghanaian duo and Nigerian star before the first ever Sounds From Africa showcase at the festival in Austin, Texas to discuss what it's like to perform in the states and more pertinent issues such as: Kendrick or Kanye? "Gboza" is an extension of the pairs musical history log that includes other infectious singles like "S.O.L.O." Watch the music video for "Gboza" and revisit our Okayafrica TV episode with the artists 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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