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This Is Where That Viral Meme You Keep Seeing About Being Extra Comes From

This hilarious clip from a Kenyan parody of "Sarafina!" is the best thing on the internet right now.

DIASPORA—You may or may not have seen the following viral clip of a young man's wonderfully dramatic death scene, floating around your timeline in the past few days.


If you have not, you need to stop whatever you're doing right now and watch it, because nothing you could possibly be doing is more important than this.

It's seriously golden:

The astounding level of excessiveness in the young man's performance has the internet cackling, and many are curious as to what movie this unforgettable clip is from.

We now have the answer.

After some very intense and thoroughgoing research, we've discovered that the clip is from a parody of the peculiar 1992 South African apartheid-themed musical Sarafina!, starring Miriam Makeba, Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, and John KaniThe parody called Saratina, hit YouTube last December and stars Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi.

The 10-minute video is hilarious the whole way through. You can watch it 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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