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‘Arab’ spring in Angola? Police respond with arrests and violence

For a while we were wondering which Sub-Saharan countries would follow after the Arab Spring civil uprisings changed the political map of northern Africa, but exactly one year after the Egyptian revolution started…

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Native Tongues: an African Hip-Hop Reader

In the past fifteen years we have come across a growing number of students and scholars researching the hip hop scene in an African country of choice – even the Africanhiphop.com website resulted…

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The hip hop generation and elections in Gabon

After the sudden death of Gabon’s president Omar Bongo, much is at stake for the Gabonese people and their government. Hip hop has been a popular tool in winning the people’s votes, and one of the candidates even tried his turn on the mic – after recording an album with James Brown’s manager in the seventies! Meanwhile, the ruling class is under scrutiny: where did the president and his family get all their wealth from?

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Nigerian rap: the first decade (1981 – 1991)

This month we take it back to 1980′s Nigeria, an era during which quite some local rap was recorded, often outside of the context of hip hop culture. Together with Uchenna Ikonne (Comb & Razor) we look at Nigerian rap released on vinyl records between 1981 and 1991.

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Interview: 125 (Kenya)

Live with Shenzy is an urban radio show based on hip hop culture, hosted by MC Shenzy, a Nairobi, Kenya based hip hop activist. In this latest episode, MC Shenzy meets with the duo of 125.

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Saleh J – Tanzanian pioneer

This interview was originally published in 2002 at Africanhiphop.com The current overflow of Tanzanian hiphop releases doesn’t exactly remind of the situation in the early nineties. At the time there was hardly any…

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