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Stromae Performs 'Formidable' In A Seattle Motel And Bar

Stromae performs his hit "Formidable" in a Seattle bar in the latest clip for his "Lessons" series promoting his North American tour.


In support of his North American tour, Stromae has been releasing new installments of his 'Lessons' video series. The last episode saw the artist performing his hit single "Papaoutai" in various spots throughout NYC. This time around, the Belgian singer finds himself in Seattle where he lays out the beat for his single "Formidable" from the comfort of his motel room. The musician makes the process look easy as he plays the piano with his foot and jokes around with his 'keytar.' Later, we see Stromae belting out his song in a shadowy bar in front of a skeptical crowd. At first, the audience seems perplexed by the singer's quirky performance, but by the end of his set, it looks like he may have gained a couple of new fans. Watch the humorous clip via the Fader and check out a list of his upcoming North American tour dates below, tickets are available now.

Stromae North American Tour Dates

09/18 – House of Blue – Boston, MA*

09/21 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL*

09/22 – Myth – Minneapolis, MN*

09/25 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI*

09/26 – Echo Beach – Toronto, ON*

09/28 – Centre Bell – Montreal, QC*

09/29 – Centre Bell – Montreal, QC*

10/01 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY**

*Jidenna supporting

** Special guest Janelle Monáe

^Freedom Fry supporting

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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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