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Watch Idols SA Winner Yanga’s Music Video For ‘Scars (All Over Me)’

This music video is a work of art.

Yesterday, Yanga Sobetwa became the champion of the 14th season of Idols SA. The 17-year-old singer from Delft, Cape Town was the youngest contestant of the season.

The artist recently released a music video for her latest single "Scars (All Over Me)." In the song, the artist croons about a lover who left her distraught from heartbreak.


The video, which was filmed by the company Call Back Dreams, shows the artist dressed in all black walking in slow motion among drum majorettes who are dancing in the background. The video could be symbolic of being sad while everyone around you is happy.

The video was shot in one-take, and doesn't take the conventional pop music video route—there is no performance scene in which we see the artist reciting their song. The video just conveys emotions with only the use of visuals.

Yanga bagged a cool million and an album deal with the label Gallo as part of the package for winning Idols SA. "I'm planning to continue with my studies," she was quoted as saying by Channel 24, after winning the competition. "I am a book girl. I have so many skills and dreams that I want to fulfill, like entertainment law. I'm planning on freezing the money for up to a year and to just live off the gig money and possible sponsorship."

"My 10 year plan that I've set up before Idols is that I'd like to have a PhD degree in music, and I'd like to open my own production company and a music academy as well – that's what I definitely still want to do."
"I've always had a vision for myself. My vision is to bring teenagers closer to God through music, so it's been the vision before Idols and it doesn't have to change now. So gospel all the way and gospel pop."

Watch Yanga's music video for "Scars (All Over Me)" below:

Yanga - Scars (Official Music Video) IDOLS 2018 www.youtube.com

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Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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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