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Watch TOBi Perform 'Beige' on A COLORS SHOW

The Nigerian-Canadian artist performs his new laid-back single at the Colors Studios.

Nigerian-Canadian artist TOBi, born Oluwatobi Ajibolade, is a young and talented rap/soul musician on the rise. In May of this year, he released his debut album entitled STILL, a 13-track project which is an exploration of both joy and pain within male vulnerability. The debut album followed his 7-track mixtape FYi, which he released three years prior. Most recently, the artist released a single entitled "Beige" which he performed on A COLORS SHOW.


Listen to STILL on Apple Music or Spotify.

Describing his debut album in a social media post a few moths ago, TOBi said that:

"This album was years in the making with several iterations throughout. STILL being true to my life story, it was best for it to be split into 3 chapters of learning and unlearning; Searching, Conflict, and Salvation. With it finally completed and seeing the light of day, I have so many people to thank on this. It feels pretty surreal thinking about the collection of humans that have contributed to this beautiful body of work."

Just yesterday, the artist released "Beige", a track where he shows off his soulful vocals on a classic hip hop beat. Clad in a bright outfit complete with African wax-print trousers, his performance is laid-back but confident—definitely essential viewing.

Watch TOBi's performance on A COLORS SHOW below:

TOBi - Beige | A COLORS SHOW 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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