This episode features a conversation with two hip hop pioneers from Tanzania, KBC & Zavara (aka Rhymson) from the group Kwanza Unit. The conversation discusses the early days of hip hop in Tanzania, the influence of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere (Tanzania’s 1st President) on the social consciousness in Tanzanian hip hop, language and Kwanza Unit’s decision to begin performing in Swahili, the current state of hip hop in Tanzania, the relationship between artists and the national arts council and their policies around copyright and royalties.
Parts of the conversation are in Swahili. Non-Swahili speakers will be able to follow the conversation and attempts are made to summarize the Swahili portions into English.
Table of Contents
Podcast intro – :40
“Put Ya head Up” – 11:21
“Msafiri” – 14:40
Interview – 18:26
“Run Tings” – 1:37:35
“Check Navyo Flow” – 1:41:32
“So Why” – 1:45:35
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