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Solange’s New Album, 'A Seat At The Table,' Is "a Project On Identity, Empowerment, Independence, Grief and Healing"

Solange Knowles has shared that 'A Seat At The Table,' her follow-up to 2012’s True EP, will arrive digitally very soon.

Solange Knowles’ third studio album is coming sooner than you think.


The singer has shared that A Seat At The Table, her follow-up to 2012’s True EP, will arrive digitally this Friday September 30.

In a press release, Solange described her new album as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.”

A Seat At The Table will feature collaborations with Lil Wayne, Sampha, Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange), Tweet, Moses Sumney, Q-Tip, The Dream, Kelly Rowland, Kelela and more. See the complete track list below.

Solange announced the project alongside a digital book of lyrics and photos which you can check out at her site.

If you remember, back in 2012, Solange flew to South Africa to shoot her “Losing You” video in Cape Town.

We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for this one.

Tracklist

01 “Rise”

02 “Weary” (“additional vocals blessed by” Tweet)

03 “Interlude: The Glory Is In You”

04 “Cranes In The Sky”

05 “Interlude: Dad Was Mad”

06 “Mad” (Feat. Lil Wayne) (“additional vocals blessed by” Moses Sumney, Tweet)

07 “Don’t You Wait”

08 “Interlude: Tina Taught Me”

09 “Don’t Touch My Hair” (Feat. Sampha)

10 “Interlude: This Moment” (“additional vocals blessed by” Devonte Hynes, Lu)

11 “Where Do We Go” (“additional vocals blessed by” Sean Nicholas Savage)

12 “Interlude: For Us By Us”

13 “F.U.B.U.” (Feat. The Dream & BJ The Chicago Kid) (“additional vocals blessed by” Tweet)

14 “Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)” (Feat. Q-Tip)

15 “Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can’t Have It” (Feat. Kelly Rowland, Nia Andrews)

16 “Junie”

17 “Interlude: No Limits”

18 “Don’t Wish Me Well”

19 “Interlude: Pedestals”

20 “Scales” (Feat. Kelela)

21 “Closing: The Chosen Ones”

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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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