Posted in Hip Hop African Videos, Tanzania

Hip Hop Kilinge (cypher)

Hip hop in Tanzania stands strong through events like the open mic night at the New Msasani Club in Dar es Salaam. Every Saturday night artists come from around the city to freestyle and perform. Most nights begin with a discussion of hip hop history. Tanzanian hip hop heads discuss the emergence of hip hop in New York City and its main elements. The night this was recorded they discussed what they felt were the differences between rappers and emcees, as well as between an MC and an emcee. They then moved into a freestyle competition in which several emcees competed to be the last two standing. Once the final two were selected they proceeded to battle it out, with the winner taking money that was collected during the show from the audience.

**The videos are in Swahili with no subtitles”

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Assistant Professor in the African Studies Department at Howard University. Professor of the course Hip Hop and Popular Culture in Africa. Researcher and photographer of hip hop in Africa.

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