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Watch Nelson Makamo's Interview on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' for a Dose of Inspiration

Get to know how the South African artist uses imagery of the joyous African child as a language to communicate universal truths with the world.

It seems that Trevor Noah has been putting on for African creatives on The Daily Show more often and we're here for it.

South Africa's very own Nelson Makamo recently made an appearance on the show, where he talks about his journey from making his own toys out of clay to showing his family and community that he can establish himself as an earning artist independently.


"You've gone from being a successful South African artist to a world-renowned artist," Noah says to Makamo. "People come to South Africa to view your art, to purchase your art—from Alicia Keys to Oprah Winfrey."

Makamo also explains how he developed his noteworthy work into his own universal language, especially since his travels have revealed to him that we're all going through and aspiring for the same things as human beings.

He then goes in detail as to why he uses imagery of African children:

I had to use a reference that was too close to me which is of the child—an African child. If you look at how the African child was portrayed globally, it was portrayed either hungry, disadvantaged and all of that. But if you've been to Africa...it's like a taboo. I had to go back and reintroduce how we are as Africans—to actually say that we are more or less the same as any other person in the world.

As Noah summarizes, Makamo is well on his way to create a world where young African artists can access the world with their art rather than the gatekeepers telling them how their art should be accessed.

Watch the full clip here or below.

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The 11 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Davido, Tekno, Little Simz, Mr Eazi, Wizkid and more.

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Nigerian scene in May.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Ibraah, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Here is our selection of the best East African songs of May. These are the tracks shaking up the region right now.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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The 11 Best Caribbean Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Konshens x Afro B, Mr. Vegas, Stylo G, Sean Paul and more.

Back in the vinyl era, it was said that Jamaica produced more records per capita than any other nation in the world. In 2020, dancehall artists seem determined to uphold that reputation for prolific musicality, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Undoubtedly, Jamaican artists are driving Caribbean music at the moment, a dominance only partly explained by the recent proliferation of home studio setups and desktop production in dancehall (making it easier to keep the musical vibes flowing without touching road). It also has to do with simple timing, as music production and release calendars elsewhere in the Caribbean are often focused on the yearly crescendo of Carnival.

Trinidad, of course, pulled off a massive turnout at the end of February, just before recording their first confirmed case of COVID-19. But if Trini soca artists have already put in their work for 2020, many other West Indian Carnivals were or presumably will be cancelled. It remains to be seen whether scenes and styles associated with the big summer Carnivals (St. Lucian dennery, Bajan crop over and Grenadian jab-jab, to name a few) will take the risk of allowing large gatherings or attempt to recreate the festival experience virtually in an effort to support ongoing quarantine initiatives.

It's a strange new world...but we can all be thankful it still has room for a good old fashioned soundclash now and then. In that spirit, get all the Caribbean heat for this May below.

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