Archive for category: Radio

Ali Kiba without autotune

At his young age, Ali Kiba (also spelled Alikiba or Ally Kiba) from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania has already seen much of the world. His songs, most notably the monster hit Cinderella, have become known and loved all throughout the Swahili speaking countries of East Africa as well as...

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Rich Medina & Bobbito: the Connection

Fresh off the plane, Bobbito and Rich Medina had a weekend to spend in Amsterdam on the occasion of the Hudson year celebrations between NYC and Amsterdam, for which they were invited to spin at different clubs. They also celebrated the release of their joint effort, the compilation ‘The...

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Dplanet & Spooky (Pioneer Unit), Blick Bassy

In April, South African Dplanet & Spooky from the Cape Town-based label Pioneer Unit visited the African hip hop radio studio in Amsterdam. Originally from Europe (UK and Belgium), they moved to South Africa over a decade ago. In recent years producer Dplanet and designer/video director Spooky have become...

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Movaizhaleine in Gabon

In June 2008, two major hip hop events were canceled in Gabon because of the sudden death of president Bongo, who had been in power for 42 years. In response to his passing, the government shut down the internet and landline communications, and for a few days even air...

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Fnaire is Morocco’s most popular hip hop group. They are from Marrakech and fuse traditional gnawa music with hip hop beats and raps in Arabic (Darija, the Moroccan dialect). In June they performed at festival Mundial and dj 360 & J4 went to talk to them. In a short...

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Blakk Rasta

In April 2009, three months before Obama picked Ghana as his point of departure in Africa, Blakk Rasta visited the African hip hop radio studio. The Ghanaian reggae singer / radio presenter scored a number one hit in several African countries last year with his song ‘Barack Obama’ in...

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In 2006, African hip hop radio first met up with K'naan. Three years later he's back and ready to talk about his involuntary role as a spokesperson to the Somali pirates, about his relationship with his late aunt, the popular Somali singer Magool, and about what Damian Marley learnt...

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Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness

In the summer of 2009, Soweto based group Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (or simply BCUC) went on a European tour which saw them frequent the majority of open air music festivals in the Netherlands. They also made time to drop by the African hip hop radio studio at FunX...

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Fresh African hip hop radio shows

If you haven't subscribed yet to the podcast of our weekly 3-hour African show on Dutch national radio (don't worry - most interviews are in English and the music is universal), here's a rundown of the past months. Each show can be streamed online but is also downloadable. The...

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African hip hop radio with Madcon

October 2008 –  Steppin it up again with three new international recordings as well as a new weekly slot on Dutch national radio! Cape Verde, Angola, Tanzania and the rest of the continent are well served in this episode. In this show, we introduce new member to the African...

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