Video

Trevor Noah May Be From South Africa, But He Says He's No Outsider In The U.S.

Trevor Noah appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss his not quite "outsiders perspective" as the new host of The Daily Show


Photo via Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah appeared on The Late Show last night, where the South African comedian spoke with Stephen Colbert about a variety of topics, including Jon Stewart's "Jewish Yoda" advice, his prior talk show hosting duties in South Africa, his not quite "outsider's perspective" and this week's GOP debate.

For the second time as a late night guest this year, Noah was asked to reflect on South Africa's pre-democracy comedy scene. Was there already a tradition of satire in South Africa when Noah first got his start in comedy? Could South Africans make fun of the government and get away with criticizing the people in power, Colbert asked. "Yeah, you could around 10, 11 years ago, you could," said the 31-year-old comedian. "1990 was when it tipped over, that's when it went from jail to, 'okay that's a joke.'"

Colbert also asked the new Daily Show host whether the program would have more of a global focus given that Noah "is from other places in the world." Noah's reply resulted in what we presume is the first-ever mention of Zambia on Colbert's Late Night:

"You know what's funny, everyone asks me that. They go, 'As an outsider, is the show going to going to have an outside...' But you know, I'm an outsider in that I've come from a place, but I'm not an outsider. I live here. I live in New York. I suffer the same things that people suffer through here. I pay taxes, and I would like the money to be used in a good manner. So if I'm in a pothole, like if I'm driving through New York and I go into a pothole, I'm not going, 'Oh you know as an outsider, that pothole affected in a certain way.'" "But you gave that pothole a global perspective," added Colbert. "That's the key, that's the key," responded Noah. "So I go, 'Not as bad as the potholes in Zambia. But a pothole nonetheless.'"

Noah also shared his thoughts on Wednesday night's Republican debate. “It was three hours and ten minutes and no one said anything," he told Colbert.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premieres on Comedy Central on September 28th in the U.S., and September 29th in Africa. Watch Noah's full appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below.

Music
Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.