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'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' To Begin Airing In Africa

'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' will begin airing in Africa this September via MTV.


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is officially set to begin airing in Africa on MTV, who, according to Hollywood Reporter, has secured exclusive African TV broadcast rights to the program. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno previously aired on the continent on CNBC Africa until Leno's departure--but this the first African TV deal for Fallon's version.

Says Dillon Khan, channel director for MTV and VH1 South Africa, "We are delighted that Jimmy will be joining our line-up as star of The Tonight Show, and thrilled to be introducing this entertainment phenomenon to new audiences in Africa. We expect The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to form a staple part of our audience’s daily viewing, with each show driving conversations among fans from the swings in the playground to the water cooler at work and everywhere in between."

Starting Wednesday, September 24th, The Tonight Show will air on weekdays at 18:00 CAT, along with an omnibus edition to air from 17:00 to 19:00 CAT on Saturdays and Sundays. MTV is currently available on the continent in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania.

The move is expected to boost Viacom's presence in Africa. As Hollywood Reporter points out, the parent company of MTV international channels has made a recent effort to begin expanding on the continent, perhaps beginning with the return of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) back in June.

For more from The Tonight Show watch Questlove take Okayplayer TV backstage for Fallon's Tonight Show debut. So far this year Stromae, Ghanaian/Ivorian/Norwegians Nico & Vinz, and the William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb! Band have all joined the Roots on stage at 30 Rock.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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