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Tekno Signs Record Deal With Sony Music

Reports state that Nigerian singer Tekno recently inked a deal with Sony Music, confirming rumors that have been going around for a month.

Tekno's had quite the year with the massive success of "Pana" and his recent win at the MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Breakthrough Act.

Well, it looks like his 2016's only getting better.

Reports state that the Nigerian singer recently inked a deal with Sony Music, confirming rumors that have been going around for a month ever since he was spotted at the company's New York offices.

Video of the signing was posted by One Africa Music Fest and Upfront & Personal CEO Paul Okoye.

Tekno re-shared the same signing video to his Instagram but has generally kept mum about the deal. The details of the deal are still unconfirmed.

The Sony signing follows the success of "Pana," as well as previous hits like "Wash" and "Duro," and will see Tekno joining the larger Sony family alongside the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Alikiba.

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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