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Daniel Kaluuya Wins 2018 BAFTA Rising Star Award

We honestly can't think of anyone more deserving.

It's Daniel Kaluuya's moment.

Fresh off the off the record-shattering release of Black Panther, the British-Ugandan actor now has even more to celebrate: he's the winner of the 2018 EE BAFTA Rising Star Award.


The actor accepted the coveted award last night for his unforgettable role in 2017's Get Out. He gave a humorous speech, thanking friends, producers and fellow actors who he says "let him think different," and dedicated the award to his mother.

'Mum, you're the reason why I started, why I'm here, you're the reason I keep going. This is yours. Love peace lets get it," said the actor.

Watch his speech below.

Fellow stars took to Twitter to congratulate Kaluuya on the big win. British-Ghanaian grime rapper, Stormzy shared his enthusiasm over his friend's win.

Kaluuya beat out stiff competition, including Tessa Thompson, Josh O'Connor and more to snag the award.

It's shaping up to be an eventful awards season for the actor, who's also nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a Screen Actor's Guild Award. We're hoping he snags every single one of them.

If you haven't already, you can catch Kaluuya on the big screen as W'kabi in Black Panther, out now. Congrats to the young talent!

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The 11 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Davido, Tekno, Little Simz, Mr Eazi, Wizkid and more.

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Nigerian scene in May.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Ibraah, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Here is our selection of the best East African songs of May. These are the tracks shaking up the region right now.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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The 11 Best Caribbean Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Konshens x Afro B, Mr. Vegas, Stylo G, Sean Paul and more.

Back in the vinyl era, it was said that Jamaica produced more records per capita than any other nation in the world. In 2020, dancehall artists seem determined to uphold that reputation for prolific musicality, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Undoubtedly, Jamaican artists are driving Caribbean music at the moment, a dominance only partly explained by the recent proliferation of home studio setups and desktop production in dancehall (making it easier to keep the musical vibes flowing without touching road). It also has to do with simple timing, as music production and release calendars elsewhere in the Caribbean are often focused on the yearly crescendo of Carnival.

Trinidad, of course, pulled off a massive turnout at the end of February, just before recording their first confirmed case of COVID-19. But if Trini soca artists have already put in their work for 2020, many other West Indian Carnivals were or presumably will be cancelled. It remains to be seen whether scenes and styles associated with the big summer Carnivals (St. Lucian dennery, Bajan crop over and Grenadian jab-jab, to name a few) will take the risk of allowing large gatherings or attempt to recreate the festival experience virtually in an effort to support ongoing quarantine initiatives.

It's a strange new world...but we can all be thankful it still has room for a good old fashioned soundclash now and then. In that spirit, get all the Caribbean heat for this May below.

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