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SA’s DJ Black Coffee wins Grammy Award

SA’s DJ Black Coffee wins Grammy Award

SOUTH Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has led the nation in singing praises of DJ Black Coffee - real name Nathi Maphumulo - who has won his first Grammy Award. Black Coffee won the Grammy - the ultimate prize in music - in the dance/electronic category for his album titled “Subconsciously” Ramaphosa said: “Congratulations  to Black Coffee for being awarded the Best Dance/Electronic Music award for his album ‘Subconsciously’ at last night’s #GRAMMYs. Thank you for flying the flag and inspiring a new generation of talent to take over the world.” In his acceptance speech, Black Coffee said: “I want to…
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Burna Boy and Wizkid receive nominations for 2021 Grammy Awards

Burna Boy and Wizkid receive nominations for 2021 Grammy Awards

MPHO RANTAO NIGERIA is leading the ranks for Africa with two major nominations in the Grammy Awards, with Burna Boy receiving a nomination for a second year in a row for his album ‘Twice As Tall’.  Announced  by The Recording Academy, Burna Boy is up against artists Antibalas, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar and Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen in the Best Global Music Album category.  The Grammy nominee lost out to Benin singer Angelique Kidjo in the 2019 Grammy Awards, where he was nominated in the same category for his album. The other Nigerian nominee is Wizkid, who received his…
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Trevor Noah announced as host for 63rd Grammy Awards

Trevor Noah announced as host for 63rd Grammy Awards

MPHO RANTAO SOUTH African comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah has been announced as the host for the upcoming 63rd Grammy Awards in 2021. The Recording Academy made the announcement on Tuesday ahead of the 63rd Grammy nomination announcements for the upcoming award show.  Noah is the first South African to host the Grammy Awards, and will work with The Late Late Show's Ben Winston, who was announced as the producer. “Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for Best Pop Album, I am thrilled to…
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How social media forces stand-up comedians like Trevor Noah and Basket Mouth to self-censor

How social media forces stand-up comedians like Trevor Noah and Basket Mouth to self-censor

Author IZUU NWANKWO, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz THE essence of stand-up comedy is that you have a comedian performing to a live audience with the goal of entertaining through eliciting humour. Comedians hold social, cultural, and political phenomena up to ridicule. Jokes can instigate re-evaluations, reversals and replacements of the status quo – or dominant beliefs of the day. As an art form based on abuse and amusement, comedy uses potentially offensive material. One would expect the audience to be either delighted or infuriated. But stand-up comedy creates a space where a kind of agreement is…
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Trevor Noah publicly embarrasses US senator

Trevor Noah publicly embarrasses US senator

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER COMEDIAN Trevor Noah publicly humiliated an American senator in the best way only he knew how - through comedy.  Texas senator Ted Cruz was awfully humbled by the South African comedian and television host on the public stage of Twitter when his attempts at shaming the comedian backfired. Cruz publicly criticised one of Noah’s segments on the USA’s reappointments of its congress due to population shifts across the North American country.  Even though Cruz himself was not mentioned in the segment, the conservative politician felt the need to attack Noah on Twitter.  “Trevor Noah whines that people…
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