Watch Sauti Sol's 'Sura Yako' x Lipala Dance Tutorial

Kenya's Sauti Sol drops an instructional dance video for 'Sura Yako' off their forthcoming studio album 'Live and Die in Africa'

When we last heard from Kenya's Sauti Sol, the afropop quartet had abandoned all inhibitions for their sensual "Nishike" video. Despite coming under fire for the visuals, which were perceived to have crossed some arbitrary moral line, the crooners continue to champion creative freedom of expression in the euphoric video for their latest banger "Sura Yako" (Swahili for "your face"). Taking the format of an instructional dance video, each member of the band showcases their smooth moves alongside Nairobi's Sarakasi Dancers who helped them create the Lipala dance featured in the clip. Learn how to Lipala in the video for "Sura Yako," then watch Sauti Sol expertly address the controversy surrounding 'Nishike" in an interview on Kenya's K24TV  below. Stay tuned for more news about Sauti Sol's forthcoming album Live and Die in Afrika.


Update 9/15: The boys from Sauti Sol have just dropped the official visuals to "Sura Yako." The joyful clip portrays a traditional Kenyan pre-wedding ceremony and was directed by frequent Sauti Sol collaborator Enos Olik. Watch the official video for the catchy single below.

Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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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