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Trevor Noah is No Longer Hosting the MTV Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg

Bonang Matheba will replace Trevor Noah as host of the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) in Johannesburg.

We’re less than 24 hours away from the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards. Unfortunately, Trevor Noah won’t be in attendance this year.


The 2015 MAMAs winner was due to make his grand return to his hometown—and take a break from the U.S. election cycle—to host this year’s awards show in Johannesburg. Today, The Daily Show host took to Twitter to announce that due to a severe upper respiratory and ear infection, he’ll need to cancel his trip to SA. He also said he’ll “do his utmost” to make it up to his fans. No word yet on what he has in mind.

Replacing Noah as host of the 2016 MAMAs is Bonang Matheba alongside co-hosts Nomzamo Mbatha and Yemi Alade.

“We are thrilled that Bonang Matheba, one of Africa's most inspiring and luminous media personalities, will be hosting the MTV Africa Music Awards on 22 October,” Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa, said in a statement. “With her extensive presenting experience, personal charm and beauty, Bonang is going to make a fabulous host for MAMA 2016 and we look forward to an amazing awards show on 22 October with her at the helm.”

The MTV Africa Music Awards go down this Saturday at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg with performances by Future, Yemi Alade, Nasty C, Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Patoranking and more. Catch them live on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) beginning at 21:00 CAT.

Read: A Day In The Life Of South Africa’s Queen B*, Bonang Matheba

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Angelique Kidjo Joins Yemi Alade In the Vibrant Music Video for 'Shekere'

The song is a collaboration from Yemi Alade's latest album "Woman of Steel."

Yemi Alade and legendary Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo connect for the vibrant music video for "Shekere," their memorable collaboration which appears on Alade's latest album, Woman of Steel.

The song is named after the tambourine-like instrument played in various regions of the continent. Both Alade and Kidjo deliver feel-good lyrics in English and Yoruba over the song's string-filled production. The upbeat song also includes interpolations of Kidjo's 1996 classic "Wombo Lombo," as noted in Pulse Nigeria.

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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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In Conversation with Daniel Kaluuya and Melina Matsoukas: 'This isn't a Black Bonnie and Clyde film—our stories are singular, they're ours.'

'Queen and Slim' lands in South Africa.

Melina Matsoukas and Daniel Kaluuya are everything their surroundings at the opulent Saxon Hotel are not—down-to-earth and even comedic at times. Despite the harsh lights and cameras constantly in their faces, they joke around and make the space inviting. They're also eager to know and pronounce the names of everyone they meet correctly. "It's Rufaro with an 'R'? Is that how you say it?" Kaluuya asks me as he shakes my hand.

Matsoukas, a two-time Grammy award winning director and Kaluuya, an A-list actor who's starred in massive titles including Black Panther and Get Out, have every reason to be boastful about their achievements and yet instead, they're relatable.

The duo is in South Africa to promote their recent film Queen Slim which is hitting theaters today and follows the eventful lives of a Black couple on the run after killing a police officer. It's a film steeped in complexity and layered themes to do with racism, police brutality and of course Black love.

We caught up with both of them to talk about just what it took from each of them to bring the powerful story to the big screen.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Installation view of Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara © The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2020, photography by Anna-Marie Kellen.

The Met's New Exhibition Celebrates the Rich Artistic History of the Sahel Region

'Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara' is an enxtensive look into the artistic past of the West African region.

West Africa's Sahel region has a long and rich history of artistic expression. In fact, pieces from the area, which spans present-day Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, date all the way back to the first millennium. Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, a new exhibition showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, dives into this history to share an expansive introduction to those who might be unfamiliar with the Sahel's artistic traditions.

"The Western Sahel has always been a part of the history of African art that has been especially rich, and one of the things that I wanted to do with this exhibition, that hasn't done before, is show one of the works of visual art...and present them within the framework of the great states that historians have written about that developed in this region," curator Alisa LaGamma tells Okayafrica. She worked with an extensive team of researchers and curators from across the globe, including Yaëlle Biro, to bring the collection of over 200 pieces to one of New York City's most prestigious art institutions.

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