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Trevor Noah: "No Excuses, Go Vote"

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah shares a powerful message ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

Speaking one last time to the American people before Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, Trevor Noah had a powerful message to voters, and particularly to those potential voters still on the fence.


“We spend a lot of time writing jokes on the show, thinking of the funniest way to share the news and talk to you,” The Daily Show host began, “but honestly, for this segment, I just wanted to be straight-up.”

“I see people online, I see people on TV, I hear people in the streets talking about how they don’t feel like they want to vote. And I understand that. It’s not always exciting to vote. Some people go, ‘Hey, there’s no need to vote, Hillary’s up in the polls.’ Now if you’re one of those people, I would urge you to reconsider.”

"You can’t rest. This is not one of the times to rest," Noah continued. "And the most important reason I say that to you is because the people on Donald Trump’s side are really, really enthusiastic voters. He has the KKK voting for him. Like, if ever there was a reason to vote, it’s because on the other side the KKK sees an opportunity to come back into the mainstream. That is the scariest shit I have ever come across in my life.”

“Even if Hillary is a bad president, America’s had bad presidents,” he said. “You can impeach bad presidents, you can vote out bad presidents. You’ve never had a Donald Trump. Nobody’s had a Donald Trump. Nobody even knows what that thing is… He’s not even part of the human race establishment.”

Noah concluded by urging his viewers to go out and vote. "Don’t be in a situation where you lose your democracy before you appreciate it.”

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The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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