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Here are the African Artists Performing At Coachella This Year

DJ Black Coffee, Princess Nokia, Seun Kuti, Sampa the Great, and more will be hitting the stage at the 2020 edition of the music festival.

The line-up for this year's Coachella was recently announced and tickets for the first weekend in April have (unsurprisingly) sold out with pre-sale registration for the second weekend already under way.

The music festival will be headlined by American rock band Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. African artists and those from the diaspora will be included in the plethora of international artists performing at arguably the biggest musical festival of the year.

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Black Coffee's Appearance on 'The Daily Show' With Trevor Noah Has South Africans Celebrating

In the interview, the celebrated artist discusses bringing the sounds of South Africa to the world and his dreams for the continent.

It was a truly South African affair on Tuesday when veteran hitmaker Black Coffee appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

The fellow South African stars shared mutual respect for one another throughout the 7-minute interview. "You have taken the world by storm," Noah said of Black Coffee's career, to which the artist responds, "doesn't it sound like your story?"

Black Coffee expanded on the reasons that he's always stay closed to his South African musical roots rather than trying to imitate popular American or European forms of house music. "What set Black Coffee apart for me, was that you made music of Africa, and the world fell in love with that," says Noah.

He also spoke about the building of a new school and neighborhood in his hometown of Johannesburg, and his mission to transform perceptions of the continent. "We always see Africa as an inferior place, all the best things were on TV, It took away so much from the continent and we're trying to reverse that and create a space in Africa that will inspire africans to want to stay and create a future," says the artist.

Noah later asked the artist to speak about his "Africa is Not a Jungle" initiative—which will provide a platform for African artists through curated shows—and share what he hopes to achieve with his music on a global scale.

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