This episode focuses on some background information on studies of hip hop and studies of hip hop in Africa. We discuss some of the scholarship that has been produced on hip hop.
The show starts with the song “Inspiration” by Tanzanian hip hop artists Sima da Black Philosopher and Mukimala from the Dar es Salaam based hip hop group Wanaitwa Uhuru (Call them Freedom). The group’s album was featured in the best of 2013 on the World Hip Hop Market best of list.
You can find Mukimala on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Mukimala-Muki-337773023036571/
We are introducing a new podcast show titled The Hip Hop African podcast. The podcast will feature interviews with artists and conversations around certain social and political issues that hip hop in Africa addresses. The podcast will be produced by Msia Kibona Clark in the Department of African Studies at Howard University, as well as students in her Hip Hop and Popular Culture in Africa course. This episode is just a brief introduction to the podcast.
Since Hip Hop’s formation, Blackness and Indigeneity have intersected in interesting but previously unacknowledged ways. For instance, the use of the name Pow Wow by a member of the Soul Sonic Force and his wearing a headdress—a stereotype of Indigenous people, produced by Europeans. As Indigenous people have re-emerged in the public consciousness globally, Indigenous Hip Hop artists have been on forefront in asserting Indigenous peoples’ humanity through the cultural power of Hip Hop. And yet, even as Hip Hop Studies scholarship has gone global, or, to paraphrase Jeff Chang’s (2007) proclamation, “It’s a Hip Hop world,” the study of Indigeneity in Hip Hop culture, and how it intersects with blackness, has not been afforded the same attention.
Under contract with Sense Publishers, we would like to invite you to submit an essay for this innovative edited book that analyzes broadly the intersections of Hip-Hop…