AFRICAN HIP HOP IN TANZANIA – Highlights of a Conversation with Alex Perullo

This article, AFRICAN HIP HOP IN TANZANIA, is consisted of highlights from an interview with a prominent scholar, Alex Perullo who studies East African popular musicians.  Among many things covered discussed in the interview, he talked about Hip Hop history in Tanzania, the socialist influence in Tanzania & censorship, and comparison between the hip hop of scene in senegal from Dar Es Salaam, the hip hop youth, music tradition vs a poetic tradition. He also explored the relationship among nationalism, politics and rap today, the conflict between rural and urban culture in the realm of women, hip hop cultural imperism, and changing status of rappers in Tanzania.

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