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Listen to the Premiere of 'Betta,' A Hot Collaboration From Yung L, Wavos & Liana Bank$

"Betta" is a hip-swaying, love-encouraging summertime track.

Yung L and Wavos really did it with their latest track. With the addition of Liana Bank$, "Betta" is bound to advance your summertime romance.

"Betta" is a culmination of electronic-pop, afrobeats, spirit-lifting lyrics, and strums from a bass guitarist who knows exactly how to please the soul.


Nigerian artist, Yung L, incorporates his Nigerian roots in this very modern track. Wavos' new wave, post-punk flavor facilitates more diversity to the instrumental, and Liana Banks adds just the right amount of soul and R&B attitude to further reiterate the message of the song.

Wavos shared with us a piece of the process and the birth of their collaboration: "Yung L and I started the song by emailing ideas back and forth, and we had a finished version but it was missing a female perspective on it. I reached out to Liana and she delivered it perfectly."

"Betta" is about moving on, and seeking what one deserves. "This song is for the summer. It's the perfect time to leave that girl or guy who isn't treating you right and find someone who will love you betta," said Yung L.

Listen to the premiere of "Betta" below. You may find yourself putting the track on repeat.

"Betta" is now available on Spotify and iTunes.



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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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