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Watch the Music Video for Asa's Anthemic Single 'Good Thing'

The cherished Nigerian singer's first album in five years is on the way.

Asa is officially back. After a five-year hiatus, the celebrated Nigerian singer returned earlier this year with the song "The Beginning."

Now, the artist has shared the music video for "Good Thing," her second single from her upcoming album Lucid. The track addresses a lover who missed out on a "good thing" by failing to appreciate their partner. "Cause I'm too fly for this, and I have no time for this," sings Asa in her familiar husky tone.

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The music video, directed by Sesan, follows various subjects who are all facing their own trials as they go on about their days. Asa performs passionately in quaint settings (and looks like a boss as she smokes a cigar by a window) as each person bravely overcomes their struggle. The song and video manage to maintain a hopeful tone, despite being about a tarnished relationship.

Asa's upcoming album will be her latest since 2014's acclaimed Bed of Stone. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the singer's return since it's release, and the singer, as expected, has not disappointed in the slightest.

Watch the music video for "Good Thing" below.


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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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