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Win Tickets To The Very Best, Baaba Maal, Mumford & Sons (DJ Set) Live In Cape Town!

Cape Town: Enter to win tickets to see The Very Best featuring Baaba Maal + Mumford & Sons (DJ set) live at The Assembly.

The Very Best's Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Hugo


Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Hugo, better known as The Very Best, put out one of our favorite albums last year. Surprisingly, they’ve never performed in South Africa.

Later this month The Very Best are hitting the road in South Africa with Mumford & Sons. While they’re in Cape Town, Esau and Johan are playing a show at The Assembly hosted by our friends from YOH!, Starving Artists and The R.C.M.

They'll be joined that night by Senegalese legend and TVB collaborator Baaba Maal and Mumford & Sons guitarist Winston Marshall, DJing under his pseudonym, ‘Winston Marshall Presents the Floppy Disc Journey Through The Dark Incontinence’. Cape Town-based acts The Aztec Sapphire, The Liminals, ORACLES and Maxime Alexander will also perform.

Okayafrica is giving away a pair of tickets to the show. To enter, simply fill out the form below. Winner will be notified via e-mail by Friday, January 22. Purchase your tickets here and keep up with the event on Facebook.

Poster by Ian Jepson

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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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