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Stream Sinkane's 'How We Be' The Second Single Off His Forthcoming LP

Muti-instrumentalist Sinkane drops 'How We Be,' the second single off his forthcoming 'Mean Love' LP off DFA/City Slang.


We’ve been hooked on the sweet falsetto and swaying soundscapes of Ahmed Gallab’s alter band ego Sinkane for a minute now and are keeping a close tab on the release of the multi-instrumentalists sophomore album Mean Love (set to drop September 2nd on DFA Records in North America and City Slang worldwide). A month back, the Sudanese-born/BK based sonic-experimentalist released “Hold Tight,” the first single off his upcoming album. He returns with "How We Be," a soulful composition that builds off some funky keyboard action and stars Gallab's crystalizing voice. The song's verses are filled with an airy flute that tiptoes on top of a bouncing bass, adding to the overall psychedelic feel of the track. Stream "How We Be," the second taste off Sinkane's upcoming LP, below and look out for Mean Love dropping September 2nd.

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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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