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Hip Hop African Podcast

Department of African Studies, Howard University

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Hip Hop African Podcast

Hip Hop African Podcast

Department of African Studies, Howard University

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13
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The podcast features discussions on African hip hop music & culture. The podcast is produced & hosted by Msia Kibona Clark and students in the Department of African Studies at Howard University and students in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. You can access all of our podcasts and blog posts on hip hop in Africa at www.hiphopafrican.com.

Latest Episodes

HHAP Episode 56: Lord Ekomy Ndong on Gabonese Hip-Hop & French Politics

ELord Ekomy Ndong, has been a leading voice in the African hip hop scene since 1990, when he founded the Gabonese group Movaizhaleine. Movaizhaleine's 1999 debut album was Mission Mbeng. He released his 1st solo album, L’Afrikain, in 2003. It is considered by many to be a hip-hop classic. Over his career, he has done collaborations with several artists, and released numerous studio albums. Around the time of the 2009 elections in Gabon, Lord Ekomy Ndong released the singles “300”, “809” and “Engongol” (What a Shame). The songs were critical of both corruption in Africa, and of France’s controversial presence in Africa. In 2011, with his 11th studio album, Ibogaine, he once again took shots at France. In the song “Questoins Noires” (Black Questions), he talks directly to French President Nicholas Sarkozy about France’s military presence in Africa. His 2017 album, La Théorie Des Cordes (A Theory of Cords), he reflects on the global protests that took place in the Gabonese diaspora around the 2016 election in the song “Sur mon Drapeau” (By My Flag). In this interview, we spoke about his career and hip-hop culture in Gabon. We also spoke about France’s occupation of Africa, and the implications of that occupation. We also talked about his outspokenness, and the price paid by musicians who speak out against corruption and politics. This past May, he released the album Petit Mutant Dans son Coin which can be found on online streaming platforms. Facebook: @LORDEKOMYNDONG Instagram/Twitter/SoundCloud: @Ekomy The video of this interview can be found on The Hip Hop African YouTube channel. Continue reading

-1 s1 w ago
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HHAP Episode 56: Lord Ekomy Ndong on Gabonese Hip-Hop & French Politics

Mixtape: In the Pocket: South Africa’s Spittas

ESouth Africa is almost indisputably leading the pack right now in terms of quality hip-hop music produced on the continent. South African rappers, more so than any other African rappers I’ve researched, have that distinct level of lyrical ability and production quality which makes hip-hop great. In an article highlighting some of the top African Hip-hop artists, Joey Akan says that “the power of hip-hop lies in the South of the continent, as rappers from South Africa continue to drive the pulse of the culture. Much of the hip-hop in South Africa is derived from Western beats and samples mixed with localized rhythms and accents and drives the urban culture of the continent.” As I dove into the discography of different South African artists, I could almost immediately identify an American hip-hop song that I felt it paralleled. Some artists rapped over more mainstream style beats, whether it’s upbeat with African drums or bouncy r&b vibes. Most artists in this mix rap in their nat...

-1 sAPR 27
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Mixtape: In the Pocket: South Africa’s Spittas

Hip Hop and Chill with Ife, Fatima and Itohan

EThis is an episode of Hip Hop & Chill with Ife, Fatima and Itohan. In this episode, we discuss Falz The Bad Guy's latest album, Moral Instruction (2019). We will discussing three songs from the album, and giving our opinion on this wonderful album. Continue reading

-1 sAPR 23
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Hip Hop and Chill with Ife, Fatima and Itohan

Hip Hop Hour: Review of God Decides by Tellaman

EThis is an episode of Hip Hop Hour with Teg and Liam. In this episode they review the album God Decides by South African artist Tellaman. Tellaman’s music can be found at: Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/5bJrBac7Ku…omSo-cmzle5excPw Apple Music: music.apple.com/us/album/god-decides/1446885934 Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUjKeyYeP…pDrh8fAxf2eLJGzxUContinue reading

-1 sAPR 23
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Hip Hop Hour: Review of God Decides by Tellaman

HHAP EPISODE 55: HIP HOP PALAVER, V.2

EThis is a special episode of the Hip Hop African Podcast. It is a collaboration between the HHA Podcast and the Global Hip Hop Exchange (GHHE), which is an online network/community of hip hop creatives who are primarily from, or based in, Africa. This is our second hip-hop palaver, with hip-hop creatives from around the continent. This time we continued the reflection on the COVID19 from the perspective of parenting. We also discussed hip-hop collaborations. Some that we had been a part of, and some that we are currently working on. The discussion included members of the Global Hip Hop Exchange, all of whom have been involved in hip hop culture in their respective countries for several years: 2. Hustlajay Mau Mau/@Jay_maumau| Hustlajay MauMau is a socially conscious MC from Mombasa, Kenya. He raps mostly in Swahili, and has made a name for himself by not only rapping about social issues, but also getting involved in social and political issues in Kenya. He is currently based in Aust...

-1 sAPR 18
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HHAP EPISODE 55: HIP HOP PALAVER, V.2

HHAP: Episode 54: A conversation with MC Jahi from Enemy Radio

EThe HHAP's conversation with Jahi from Enemy Radio. This episode features MC Jahi, who is a member of Enemy Radio with Chuck D, DJ Lord & S1W's. He is also an MC, a DJ and an educator. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jahi launched his professional career in 1999 as the opening artist for a show that was headlined by Public Enemy at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Soon after, he connected with Chuck D and has since worked with him on several projects. Jahi is also an educator, who has worked in K-12, university, and community classroom settings. In this interview we spoke about his life leading up to his 1999 performance, and the work he has done since then, including his recent album Forward Future. He recently traveled to Ghana, and is planning to expand his collaborations in Africa. As an artist whose perspective is grounded in hip hop as a Pan African expression, as a platform for Pan African dialogue, we wanted to expand the conversations we typically have on this podcast. There ...

-1 sAPR 6
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HHAP: Episode 54: A conversation with MC Jahi from Enemy Radio

HHAP EPISODE 53: Hip Hop Palaver, v.1

EThis is a special episode of the Hip Hop African Podcast. It is a collaboration between the HHA Podcast and the Global Hip Hop Exchange (GHHE), which is an online network/community of hip hop creatives who are primarily from, or based in, Africa. In the first discussion, or palaver, several hip hop creatives from around the continent came together to talk about the impacts of the Corona virus on our lives, personally and creatively. The discussion also centered on income security for artists, how artists are finding ways to get through these difficult times, and how folks are feeding their creativity. The discussion included members of the GHHE, all of whom have been involved in hip hop culture in their respective countries for several years. The roster of this, the first of what will hopefully be several, palaver is: Dumi Right/@DumiRight | MC & Member of the veteran rap group Zimbabwe Legit | from Zimbabwe, based in the Washington, DC area | Bandcamp: https://phmusic.bandcamp.com ...

-1 sMAR 31
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HHAP EPISODE 53: Hip Hop Palaver, v.1

HHAP Episode 52: Medusa, Navigating Hip Hop in Tunisia & France

EMedusa is a Tunisian artist who emerged as an MC in Tunisia’s hip hop community around the time of the Arab Spring of the 2010s. Her career as an MC has followed an interesting path, as she often found herself in the role of “conscious MC”, being one of the few women in the Tunisian hip hop community and speaking out on important social issues. In this interview she talks about hip hop under the Arab Spring. While many talk about the role of artists in the Arab Spring, Medusa talks about the impacts of the Arab Spring on hip hop culture. She says the Arab Spring encouraged youth engagement, and that post revolution, many youth have moved into more commercial rap sounds. She has since moved to France, where she talks about her experience in the Parisian hip hop scene and her work with a new team of creatives. We met up with Medusa during a 2019 self-funded trip to the U.S. Medusa made to promote her work and establish contacts. During her trip, she visited the class of American Un...

-1 sMAR 18
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HHAP Episode 52: Medusa, Navigating Hip Hop in Tunisia & France

HHAP Episode 51: Roma Mkatoliki, Challenging Hip Hop Activism in Tanzania

EIn this episode of the Hip Hop African Podcast, we interview Tanzanian hip hop artist and activist Roma Mkatoliki about his more than a decade long career as a hip hop activist. Roma Mkatoliki has always been known for producing music that addresses social and political issues, beginning with his first single "Tanzania", which he released in 2007. The song was highlighted in the 2012 scholarly article Hip Hop as Social Commentary in Accra and Dar es Salaam. In April 2017, Roma and some of his colleagues disappeared for 3 days. This incident has put Roma at direct odds with the government. More recently, in November 2019, Roma released the single “Anaitwa Roma”, which was a direct criticism of government policies. Roma has been a source of division in Tanzania's hip hop community. There have been a lot of debates about who Roma is, and why he continues to be so vocal. His actions have shined a bright light on other artists who have also identified as being socially conscious. Many ...

-1 sFEB 14
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HHAP Episode 51: Roma Mkatoliki, Challenging Hip Hop Activism in Tanzania

HHAP Episode 50: The Mixtape Episode P. 2

EThis episode is our second mixtape episode. The episode features the most recent works of 23 of Africa's fiercest lyricists. All of songs featured on this episode were released in 2018 and 2019, and features women from across Africa, and African women who reside in the Diaspora. Some of the artists are fairly well known to followers of African hip hop scenes, while others are more up & coming. Some of the artists, like Burni Aman, EJ von Lyrik, and Jean Grae have been active for two decades. Others are new to the game, and quickly making a name for themselves. They also are diverse in their styles and the languages they rap in. The artists also differ in terms of content, some of the songs offer social commentary, some are displays of braggadicio, and some are simply about having a great time. The common thread is that they all represent some of the best lyricists out today. It was important that all of the artists and songs in this episode be submitted and voted on by serious hip h...

42 MINJAN 1
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HHAP Episode 50: The Mixtape Episode P. 2

Latest Episodes

HHAP Episode 56: Lord Ekomy Ndong on Gabonese Hip-Hop & French Politics

ELord Ekomy Ndong, has been a leading voice in the African hip hop scene since 1990, when he founded the Gabonese group Movaizhaleine. Movaizhaleine's 1999 debut album was Mission Mbeng. He released his 1st solo album, L’Afrikain, in 2003. It is considered by many to be a hip-hop classic. Over his career, he has done collaborations with several artists, and released numerous studio albums. Around the time of the 2009 elections in Gabon, Lord Ekomy Ndong released the singles “300”, “809” and “Engongol” (What a Shame). The songs were critical of both corruption in Africa, and of France’s controversial presence in Africa. In 2011, with his 11th studio album, Ibogaine, he once again took shots at France. In the song “Questoins Noires” (Black Questions), he talks directly to French President Nicholas Sarkozy about France’s military presence in Africa. His 2017 album, La Théorie Des Cordes (A Theory of Cords), he reflects on the global protests that took place in the Gabonese diaspora around the 2016 election in the song “Sur mon Drapeau” (By My Flag). In this interview, we spoke about his career and hip-hop culture in Gabon. We also spoke about France’s occupation of Africa, and the implications of that occupation. We also talked about his outspokenness, and the price paid by musicians who speak out against corruption and politics. This past May, he released the album Petit Mutant Dans son Coin which can be found on online streaming platforms. Facebook: @LORDEKOMYNDONG Instagram/Twitter/SoundCloud: @Ekomy The video of this interview can be found on The Hip Hop African YouTube channel. Continue reading

-1 s1 w ago
Comments
HHAP Episode 56: Lord Ekomy Ndong on Gabonese Hip-Hop & French Politics

Mixtape: In the Pocket: South Africa’s Spittas

ESouth Africa is almost indisputably leading the pack right now in terms of quality hip-hop music produced on the continent. South African rappers, more so than any other African rappers I’ve researched, have that distinct level of lyrical ability and production quality which makes hip-hop great. In an article highlighting some of the top African Hip-hop artists, Joey Akan says that “the power of hip-hop lies in the South of the continent, as rappers from South Africa continue to drive the pulse of the culture. Much of the hip-hop in South Africa is derived from Western beats and samples mixed with localized rhythms and accents and drives the urban culture of the continent.” As I dove into the discography of different South African artists, I could almost immediately identify an American hip-hop song that I felt it paralleled. Some artists rapped over more mainstream style beats, whether it’s upbeat with African drums or bouncy r&b vibes. Most artists in this mix rap in their nat...

-1 sAPR 27
Comments
Mixtape: In the Pocket: South Africa’s Spittas

Hip Hop and Chill with Ife, Fatima and Itohan

EThis is an episode of Hip Hop & Chill with Ife, Fatima and Itohan. In this episode, we discuss Falz The Bad Guy's latest album, Moral Instruction (2019). We will discussing three songs from the album, and giving our opinion on this wonderful album. Continue reading

-1 sAPR 23
Comments
Hip Hop and Chill with Ife, Fatima and Itohan

Hip Hop Hour: Review of God Decides by Tellaman

EThis is an episode of Hip Hop Hour with Teg and Liam. In this episode they review the album God Decides by South African artist Tellaman. Tellaman’s music can be found at: Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/5bJrBac7Ku…omSo-cmzle5excPw Apple Music: music.apple.com/us/album/god-decides/1446885934 Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUjKeyYeP…pDrh8fAxf2eLJGzxUContinue reading

-1 sAPR 23
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Hip Hop Hour: Review of God Decides by Tellaman

HHAP EPISODE 55: HIP HOP PALAVER, V.2

EThis is a special episode of the Hip Hop African Podcast. It is a collaboration between the HHA Podcast and the Global Hip Hop Exchange (GHHE), which is an online network/community of hip hop creatives who are primarily from, or based in, Africa. This is our second hip-hop palaver, with hip-hop creatives from around the continent. This time we continued the reflection on the COVID19 from the perspective of parenting. We also discussed hip-hop collaborations. Some that we had been a part of, and some that we are currently working on. The discussion included members of the Global Hip Hop Exchange, all of whom have been involved in hip hop culture in their respective countries for several years: 2. Hustlajay Mau Mau/@Jay_maumau| Hustlajay MauMau is a socially conscious MC from Mombasa, Kenya. He raps mostly in Swahili, and has made a name for himself by not only rapping about social issues, but also getting involved in social and political issues in Kenya. He is currently based in Aust...

-1 sAPR 18
Comments
HHAP EPISODE 55: HIP HOP PALAVER, V.2

HHAP: Episode 54: A conversation with MC Jahi from Enemy Radio

EThe HHAP's conversation with Jahi from Enemy Radio. This episode features MC Jahi, who is a member of Enemy Radio with Chuck D, DJ Lord & S1W's. He is also an MC, a DJ and an educator. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jahi launched his professional career in 1999 as the opening artist for a show that was headlined by Public Enemy at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Soon after, he connected with Chuck D and has since worked with him on several projects. Jahi is also an educator, who has worked in K-12, university, and community classroom settings. In this interview we spoke about his life leading up to his 1999 performance, and the work he has done since then, including his recent album Forward Future. He recently traveled to Ghana, and is planning to expand his collaborations in Africa. As an artist whose perspective is grounded in hip hop as a Pan African expression, as a platform for Pan African dialogue, we wanted to expand the conversations we typically have on this podcast. There ...

-1 sAPR 6
Comments
HHAP: Episode 54: A conversation with MC Jahi from Enemy Radio

HHAP EPISODE 53: Hip Hop Palaver, v.1

EThis is a special episode of the Hip Hop African Podcast. It is a collaboration between the HHA Podcast and the Global Hip Hop Exchange (GHHE), which is an online network/community of hip hop creatives who are primarily from, or based in, Africa. In the first discussion, or palaver, several hip hop creatives from around the continent came together to talk about the impacts of the Corona virus on our lives, personally and creatively. The discussion also centered on income security for artists, how artists are finding ways to get through these difficult times, and how folks are feeding their creativity. The discussion included members of the GHHE, all of whom have been involved in hip hop culture in their respective countries for several years. The roster of this, the first of what will hopefully be several, palaver is: Dumi Right/@DumiRight | MC & Member of the veteran rap group Zimbabwe Legit | from Zimbabwe, based in the Washington, DC area | Bandcamp: https://phmusic.bandcamp.com ...

-1 sMAR 31
Comments
HHAP EPISODE 53: Hip Hop Palaver, v.1

HHAP Episode 52: Medusa, Navigating Hip Hop in Tunisia & France

EMedusa is a Tunisian artist who emerged as an MC in Tunisia’s hip hop community around the time of the Arab Spring of the 2010s. Her career as an MC has followed an interesting path, as she often found herself in the role of “conscious MC”, being one of the few women in the Tunisian hip hop community and speaking out on important social issues. In this interview she talks about hip hop under the Arab Spring. While many talk about the role of artists in the Arab Spring, Medusa talks about the impacts of the Arab Spring on hip hop culture. She says the Arab Spring encouraged youth engagement, and that post revolution, many youth have moved into more commercial rap sounds. She has since moved to France, where she talks about her experience in the Parisian hip hop scene and her work with a new team of creatives. We met up with Medusa during a 2019 self-funded trip to the U.S. Medusa made to promote her work and establish contacts. During her trip, she visited the class of American Un...

-1 sMAR 18
Comments
HHAP Episode 52: Medusa, Navigating Hip Hop in Tunisia & France

HHAP Episode 51: Roma Mkatoliki, Challenging Hip Hop Activism in Tanzania

EIn this episode of the Hip Hop African Podcast, we interview Tanzanian hip hop artist and activist Roma Mkatoliki about his more than a decade long career as a hip hop activist. Roma Mkatoliki has always been known for producing music that addresses social and political issues, beginning with his first single "Tanzania", which he released in 2007. The song was highlighted in the 2012 scholarly article Hip Hop as Social Commentary in Accra and Dar es Salaam. In April 2017, Roma and some of his colleagues disappeared for 3 days. This incident has put Roma at direct odds with the government. More recently, in November 2019, Roma released the single “Anaitwa Roma”, which was a direct criticism of government policies. Roma has been a source of division in Tanzania's hip hop community. There have been a lot of debates about who Roma is, and why he continues to be so vocal. His actions have shined a bright light on other artists who have also identified as being socially conscious. Many ...

-1 sFEB 14
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HHAP Episode 51: Roma Mkatoliki, Challenging Hip Hop Activism in Tanzania

HHAP Episode 50: The Mixtape Episode P. 2

EThis episode is our second mixtape episode. The episode features the most recent works of 23 of Africa's fiercest lyricists. All of songs featured on this episode were released in 2018 and 2019, and features women from across Africa, and African women who reside in the Diaspora. Some of the artists are fairly well known to followers of African hip hop scenes, while others are more up & coming. Some of the artists, like Burni Aman, EJ von Lyrik, and Jean Grae have been active for two decades. Others are new to the game, and quickly making a name for themselves. They also are diverse in their styles and the languages they rap in. The artists also differ in terms of content, some of the songs offer social commentary, some are displays of braggadicio, and some are simply about having a great time. The common thread is that they all represent some of the best lyricists out today. It was important that all of the artists and songs in this episode be submitted and voted on by serious hip h...

42 MINJAN 1
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HHAP Episode 50: The Mixtape Episode P. 2
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