Ken Kiz and Ngongull ze Blackman, the two dreadlocked emcees that make up Poetes Fyziks, are both natives of Gabon. The pair met in the early nineties as rivals in different local rap groups. They joined forces after recognizing each other’s passion for hip hop’s powerful voice, and...
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Will this go down in history? While Kanye’s ‘Diamonds from Sierra Leone’ was graced with an intro by Sierra Leone born emcee Chosan, now Kanye is appearing on a video by an African artist – the long awaited official video for ‘Oliver Twist’. Not a hip hop record, but...
One of the new artists performing at our annual Doin’ it in the Park last year was Papa Ghana. His first single was released about a year ago and finally there’s a music video. The track, produced by Johannesburg based artist Riky Rick, has been brushed up too. Papa...
I’m shooting the breeze with Fore (Mutaurwa Mapondera), a confident and artistically ambitious young Zimbabwean emcee, and as he talks about why he had to leave New York I’m reminded of the Congolese emcee Alec Lomami, who also had to leave the States after 14 years, and I imagine...
All the way from Philadelphia, USA is Brotha Onaci whose mixes we have been checking out over the past months. Through events like the Sonic Diaspora parties (started out in Chicago and soon coming to Philly, you can tune in via This is Africa radio) and the Radiant Souls mixtape...
If you're familiar with UK hip hop, chances are that you own some of Richy Pitch's albums and EPs. The London based dj/producer, who has been a regular on the UK scene since the mid 90s and who dropped classics like the Live at Home EP, moved to Accra...
It's that time of the year - African hip hop radio is back in the building after a few weeks spent behind the scenes, focusing on foundation work, the annual Doin' it in the Park festival and preparing our upcoming travels to Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Senegal. In...
If you're near Amsterdam, the Netherlands on saturday July 31st, you're in for a treat. The second edition of Doin' it in the Park, the Africanhiphop.com open-air park jam, promises to be even better than last year's edition, with an all-star line-up including Congo Groove and Blitz the Ambassador.
Kenna is an Ethiopian-born American musician who has released two albums, ‘New Sacred Cow’ and ‘Make Sure They See My Face’. He recently went to Tanzania where he spent a couple of days climbing one of the toughest mountains in the world, the Kilimanjaro, together with a group of friends...
Remember JJC, the UK dwelling Nigerian producer of Big Brovaz fame? A couple of years back he released a solo effort ‘Atide’, then became presenter of BBC 1Xtra’s African show (currently hosted by dj Edu). He is back with a new single and video, preceding a new album. This...
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