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Watch Emmy Gee's 'Rands And Nairas Remix' Video Ft. Ice Prince, Phyno, Cassper Nyovest & More

Emmy Gee drops the "Rands And Nairas Remix" video featuring South African/Nigerian heavyweights Ice Prince, Cassper Nyovest, Phyno and more.


Almost exactly a year ago Nigerian-born, South African-bred emcee Emmy Gee let loose his intercontinental club anthem "Rands and Nairas." The original Christian Arceo-produced banger saw Emmy Gee popping bottles from "Jozi to Lagos" along with South African rappers AB Crazy and Dj Dimplez. In January they released the song's high taste visuals, which went on to win "Best Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director)" at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in NYC last month. For the remix the TeamTalkLess artist enlisted an SA/Naija heavyweight roster of Ice Prince, Phyno, Cassper Nyovest, and ANATII. Keeping with the same party vision as before, the crew trades their decadent mansion party and champagne glasses from the original video for red solo cups. Watch the latest "Rands And Nairas" clip below and look out for cameos from Nigerian twin artists Skuki and  Shizzi (who co-produced the remix).

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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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