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AfricanHipHopRadio.com is the continuation of the Rumba-Kali webcast which has been online since 1998 playing those tunes that you won't hear anywhere else.

In the new format we have added live presentation by the AfricanHipHopRadio team of Drew MC and Juma4, radio contributions from our correspondents across the continent, playing white labels and promos, newly released albums, old school tunes, sample sources and more.
Listen now - second show of March 2005
You can listen to two hours of African Hip Hop Radio on your pc by clicking the links below.

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The second show: new directions
Prepare for the new sound of Africa & the diaspora. The second African Hip Hop Radio show in the new format branches into new directions with artists from countries such as Equatorial Guinea (in Spanish!), Cape Verde and Madagascar as well as from the brothers & sisters on the other side of the ocean. Your hosts Drew and dj Juma4 play all new & classic tunes and speak to Digable Planets and Robaa & Damu Moto (Kalamashaka/Kilio cha haki). New crew member for this show is Amal from Somalia/Holland who collaborated on the Digable Planets interview.

Pan-African crates
Artists whose tracks we play include J-Bux (South Africa), Ambassadoz (Ghana/USA), Desh (Zambia), Ass Malick (Senegal), BMG44 (Senegal), Biz Beton Armé (Congo/France), Hearin Aid (Zambia/Sweden), Konono (Congo), Meko (Equatorial Guinea/Spain), Wawesh (Kenya/Sweden), Lod Escur (Cape Verde), Billy Woods (Zimbabwe/USA), Zimbabwe Legit (Zimbabwe/USA), Sugu (Tanzania -playing the winning remix of our Sugu Remix competition of last year November!) and Orchestre Polyrythmo (Benin).



The second show: new directions
Prepare for the new sound of Africa & the diaspora. The second African Hip Hop Radio show in the new format branches into new directions with artists from countries such as Equatorial Guinea (in Spanish!), Cape Verde and Madagascar as well as from the brothers & sisters on the other side of the ocean. Your hosts Drew and dj Juma4 play all new & classic tunes and speak to Digable Planets and Robaa & Damu Moto (Kalamashaka/Kilio cha haki). New crew member for this show is Amal from Somalia/Holland who collaborated on the Digable Planets interview.

Pan-African crates
Artists whose tracks we play include J-Bux (South Africa), Ambassadoz (Ghana/USA), Desh (Zambia), Ass Malick (Senegal), BMG44 (Senegal), Biz Beton Armé (Congo/France), Hearin Aid (Zambia/Sweden), Konono (Congo), Meko (Equatorial Guinea/Spain), Wawesh (Kenya/Sweden), Lod Escur (Cape Verde), Billy Woods (Zimbabwe/USA), Zimbabwe Legit (Zimbabwe/USA), Sugu (Tanzania -playing the winning remix of our Sugu Remix competition of last year November!) and Orchestre Polyrythmo (Benin).

Madagascar & Kenya
Other special treats for this show are the interview with Kilio cha Haki (rappers Robaa from the group Kalamashaka and Damu Moto, see the pic above) about their project of building a recording studio in a Nairobi slum, and a special focus on hip hop from Madagascar through tracks which we got from Don Smo who represents the islands of Madagascar and Reunion.

Broaden your scope
For hip hop to keep developing, artists and listeners will need to look outside of the pre-defined areas. African pop classics and traditional music are definitely a rich source of inspiration. In this show we play two good examples: a tune by Orchestre Polyrthmo, whose more funky tunes have recently been re-released by Soundway (UK), and Konono, a Congolese group who brings a avantgarde style of playing amplified mbiras (thumb pianos).

Across the atlantic - Swahili rap from 1984?
An idea of the changing perspectives of afrocentricity in American hip hop from the early eighties through the 90's to today can be derived from tracks by Dr. Um ('Bite It' was released in 1984 in the USA and contains what the artists claim are Swahili rap lyrics but seem to be all made-up words), the legendary group Digable Planets who recently reunited and Tahir, also known as a producer for Dead Prez and the Roots. While 'Bite It' is built on stereotypes, Tahir's effort sounds more inspired and in fact unlike the others we mentioned, he has actually made it to the motherland as he toured in SA with Dead Prez.

In our Digable Planets interview, Ladybug (who is of Brazilian heritage) explains that she's been recording with Malawian producer Masauko Chipembere! We can't wait to hear her solo album which will drop later this year. Doodlebug and Butterfly update us on what they are have been up to during their 10-year hiatus, and talk about inspiration they got from the Black Panther movement and Afrocentricity. And did you know Akon (the American singer known for his hit 'Locked up') is fluent in the Senegalese language Wolof? He is Senegalese but grew up in the USA. Check out the shoutout at the beginning of the second hour, and stay tuned for the interview in our next show.

Licensing: do you want this show on your radio station?
The African Hip Hop Radio show is also licensed to 'conventional' radio stations around the world. First up is Vpro Radio, a national broadcaster in Holland which incorporates parts of the show in the weekly show One Blood through its webcast/digital radio at www.3voor12.nl. Vpro is also supporting African Hip Hop Radio by allowing us to record the show in their radio studio in Hilversum.

For more info or enquiries about licensing etc. contact the African Hip Hop Foundation at [email protected]

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