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Uganda's Triplets Ghetto Kids Land Cover of Vibe Magazine With French Montana

Uganda's very own Triplets Ghetto Kids grace the cover the latest issue of Vibe Magazine alongside Moroccan rapper, French Montana.

DISAPORA—Uganda's very own Triplets Ghetto Kids grace the cover of the latest issue of Vibe Magazine alongside Moroccan rapper, French Montana.


After featuring the young dance crew in his Kampla-shot music video for "Unforgettable," French Montana brought them onstage to perform with him during the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles last month.

The magazine's July cover, titled "French Montana and the Triplet Ghetto Kids On the Most 'Unforgettable' Adventure of Their Lives" features a playful shot of Montana and the nine members of Triplet Ghetto Kids: Patricia, AshleyAda, Kokode, Fred, Isaac, Kokode, Ronnie and Man King. Montana discusses his faith, his Moroccan heritage and his trip to Uganda, before some of the  teenage members of the group share their future career aspirations. One of the dancers—16-year-old Ada—reveals his desire to become a clothing designer. You can read the full interview, here.

While we're glad that French Montana has become hip to the talented youngsters, and has helped catapult their careers, they've been on our radar for quite some time now, thanks to Ugandan artist, Eddy Kenzo, who first discovered the group. Their dance routine to his song "StyleZo (Kadondo)"  went viral, with over 4 million views, and is one of our favorites.

Watch it below along with some of our favorite dance routines from the undeniably talented Triplets Ghetto Kids.

 

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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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