BET Cypher 2012 – focus on Africa (again) with Sarkodie, Jean Grae

The much revered BET Cypher, one of the permanent features on the annual BET Hip Hop Awards, has built a little reputation by featuring African emcees on their cyphers. In the USA, not…


Metro54 & present Boom Africa: Baloji, Kalaf, Gery Mendes (GMB) and Okmalumkoolkat record and perform together

This month, Amsterdam’s Metro54 festival teams up with in Boom Africa, a recording and performing project bringing together four major names from the African and diaspora hip hop and dance scenes. Baloji,…


This Friday in Amsterdam: African Homecoming

This Friday (24 August), Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (also known as the gardens where the Doin’ it in the Park events were held) hosts African Homecoming, an evening with live music, debate…


iLLbliss (Dat Ibo Boy) – Anamachi Kwanu ft Phyno

iLLbliss, remembered as one of the founders of the Thoroughbred crew in Nigeria, finally drops the video to ‘Anamachi’, the first single off his second album ‘Oga Boss’. The fact that the video…


Who fears Yole!Africa? A Congolese cultural center at a crossroads

In 2010, had the please of spending a month working with the staff of Yole!Africa, a cultural center aimed at youths in Goma, eastern Congo. One of the results of workshops we…


Africa Represents at seventh International Hip Hop Festival

Text: The Black Noise Tendency Pics: Seth Markle From March 29th-31st 2012, artists, activists, educators, students and academics converged on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (USA) for the International Hip…


Watengwa 2 France: Tanzanian hip hop crew crowd funding their France tour

East Africa Rise Up (EARU), a hip hop based initiative in Arusha, Tanzania have started a Kickstarter crowd funding page to gather support for a planned one-month trip ‘up north’ of hip hop…


Gabao Hip Hop Awards 2012: the winners

Another anniversary this year (the other one being 15 years our friends from Afrik’Aktion in Libreville, Gabon celebrate the tenth edition of their Gabao Festival. The annual gathering with a heavy focus on…


K’naan & Nas – Nothing to lose

When we last spoke to K’naan he was in the middle of the World Cup tour, about to play a show for a Coca-Cola promotional event in the Ajax Arena stadium in Amsterdam….

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Swahili version of ‘Now that we found love’ – Heavy D rest in peace

One of the original heavy weights of hip hop passed away yesterday. Heavy D (44) died in Los Angeles of respiratory issues. In the early 90s the Jamaican born rapper’s music was massively…

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