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Mzansi Rap Cousins The TeMple 'STATES' [Video Premiere]

South African Mzansi rap cousins The TeMple premiere the video for 'STATES' on Okayafrica.


Mzansi rap cousins The TeMple are gearing up to unleash a creative takeover in South Africa that began with fashion and photography before expanding into beats, rhymes and slick videos. The Guru Group founders first crashed on our radar back in December with their gritty herb nod "NTSANGO" and the trumpet-backed "Loxion Jazz." Their follow-up came in March with "STATES," a slow-ticking proclamation of why the TeMple rap in their own tongue, featuring timebomb production from newcomer zuluprince as the cousins switch in and out of Northern Sotho (along with a killer hook in Zulu).

The Sandton-based duo have now come through with the "STATES" visuals, which we're excited to premiere here today. "The message in the video is pretty much like the message in the song. When consolidated, it embodies elements that represent elements of Africa. The aim is to hopefully inspire more appreciation towards Africa and some of its' ways," they tell us about their latest. Owethu Njotina directs the Ikageng-Potchefstroom-shot video. Watch it below and look out for the Enter The Temple mixtape to drop later this year.

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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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