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Tiwa Savage Releases Bold Visuals for 'Ole' Featuring Naira Marley

Tiwa Savage's stunning visuals for 'Ole', featuring Naira Marley, highlight the Nigerian government's corruption and pay homage to the ongoing #EndSARS protests.

Tiwa Savage has released stunning and thought provoking visuals for "Ole" which follows her critically-acclaimed third studio album Celia. "Ole" features Nigeria's self-proclaimed "bad boy" Naira Marley. Tiwa Savage has dedicated "Ole" to the courageous #EndSARS protestors. This follows a number of Nigerian artists who have also publicly stated their solidarity with Nigeria's call for an end to police brutality. Tiwa Savage's fans, known as Savage Soldiers, have been anticipating the music video. The Nigerian songstress announced the news on Twitter a couple of hours ago and the views have already been gaining considerable traction. The enthralling visually story of "Ole" is a must-watch.


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The music video begins with a write-up dedicated to the continued #EndSARS protests and ends with #WeAreTired. "Ole" captures the fighting spirit of Nigerians who have continued to call out President Muhammadu Buhari's government.

"Ole" also offers a stark contrast for Tiwa Savage who is known for her use of ebullient colours in her music videos. The visuals tell the story of a bounty hunter who is set on capturing corrupt government officials and making them pay their dues. The video centres Tiwa Savage who is dressed in leather and evidently sporting the "bad girl" aesthetic. The music video is only three-minutes long but shows the extent of the rot within Nigeria's government while using a humorous audio recording from a parliamentary session.

The songstress produced Celia, titled after her mother, with a nostalgic yearning for Nigeria. Hence, the dedication of "Ole" to the protesters is quite fitting. The songs on Celia are inspired by sounds of Tiwa Savage's childhood. "Ole" stands out and seems to have been inspired by Afrobeat founder, Fela Kuti, who made sure his music was always a political weapon. Earlier in the year, Tiwa Savage explained that her visuals are usually intentional in order to capture the message of the song particularly when it has political undertones as with "49-99" and "Koroba".

Celia was released on August 28th this year and features Sam Smith, Davido, Stefflon Don, Dice Alies and Hamzaa. "Ole" is directed by the internationally-acclaimed Nigerian director, Clarence Peters.

Watch "Ole" featuring Naira Marley on YouTube below:

Tiwa Savage - Ole ft. Naira Marley www.youtube.com

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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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