Articles tagged with: Tanzania
“As it became clear that Tanzanian rappers were voicing their constructive criticism in rap, the older generation has become more supportive than they used to be. The Tanzanian Arts Council has recognized rap as an official genre within Tanzania’s pop music, and urges young rappers to use their lyrics to discuss society’s problems, such as drugs, sexual abuse and lack of education.”
Read the article on Swahili Hip Hop Culture at the Tanserve website.
The documentary Hali Halisi – rap as an alternative medium in Tanzania by Madunia, the people behind the Africanhiphop.com website, has won an award for Best Short Documentary at the fourth edition of the H2O (Hip Hop Odyssey) film festival which took place in New York in the first week of November 2004. It’s the first time for an audiovisual production on East African hip hop to receive major acknowledgement outside the African continent…
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Only little music has found its way out of East Africa in the past years. Almost unnoticed from the rest of the world a new generation of musicians have created their own style. Their mix of hip hop with local melodies and Swahili lyrics, sometimes called Bongo Flava, have quickly become East Africa’s number one selling pop music, rocking the airwaves through newly formed private radio stations in and around Tanzania. X Plastaz and their album Maasai Hip Hop set out to introduce their version of this new Tanzanian sound to the rest of the world.