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Watch Adekunle Gold's New Music Video for 'Before You Wake Up'

The Nigerian artist is back with a video for his romantic single "Before You Wake Up."

Adekunle Gold returns with a new music video for his latest single "Before You Wake Up," which dropped earlier this month.

The love song gets an equally romantic video, with an always smiling Adekunle Gold serenading a special lady in a number of vivid settings and showing his affection for her.

Later in the video the singer also shows off a couple dance moves with a group of friends, before he and his girl ride off together in an expensive car (because it couldn't really be a Nigerian music video without one, could it?) The music video was directed by Foreign Made.

READ: Adekunle Gold Wants to Make Timeless Music

The Sess-produced track is a fitting follow up to the artist's single "Promise," a collaboration with his wife and fellow Nigerian artist Simi, which dropped at the top of the year and beautifully documented their union. Revisit the track here, and check out our interview with the artist from last year about his quest to make timeless music.

Watch the video for "Before You Wake Up" below.


Adekunle Gold - Before you wake up (Official Video) youtu.be

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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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