Posted in Ghana, Interview, Podcasts

HHAP Episode 16: Wanlov the Kubolor

This month we’re featuring a conversation with Ghanaian artist Wanlov the Kubolor. In the interview we talk about Wanlov the Kubolor’s experiences, his music, the controversies, and his evolution into Wanlov the Kubolor, the African Gypsy.

Wanlov the Kubolor is a smart, introspective artist who is very much aware of the social relevance of his music. He often makes social commentary, whether via his music or social media, and infuses that social commentary with humor. Wanlov’s humor (and he’s genuinely funny) often has fans laughing before realizing that there is a message in the madness. Wanlov has detractors, people who take issue with his music or behavior. But, agree or disagree with his views, Wanlov the Kubolor is not afraid of expressing himself in unconventional ways.

Wanlov’ the Kubolor’s music reflects his diverse background and experiences. It is difficult to put Wanlov the Kubolor into one category of music. He is an MC, but he also blends several different sounds and styles in his music. He’s a versatile artists who has crafted a career as a successful, internationally known artist.

His solo albums are Green Card, Yellow Card, Brown Card: African Gypsy, and Orange Card: Fruitopian Raps

Wanlov is also one half of the group Fokn Bois (his partner is M3nsa), which has released two films film Coz ov Moni and Coz ov Moni 2. They also released the soundtracks to Coz ov Moni and Coz ov Moni 2. The groups also released FOKN Wit Ewe and FOKN Ode to Ghana. Wanlov has also released several EPs.

Wanlov the Kubolor’s music can be found on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wanlov-the-kubolor/id455218010

He’s also on social media Twitter: @wanlov‏ and Facebook: Wanlov the Kubolor

Episode Playlist
:40 “In Ghana”
2:53 Episode Intro
6:48 “Sometimes”
8:00 “Brkn Lngwjz”
10:00 “Mek We Rap”
11:58 “Trotro Blues”
13:25 “No Borders”
14:58 Interview with Wanlov the Kubolor

Posted in Africa, CFP

Call for Papers: Book on Hip Hop & Social Justice

Hip Hop and Social Justice

Edited Volume Call for Papers

Editors: Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey, Georgia State University, Department of Political Science & Adolphus G. Belk, Jr., Winthrop University, Department of Political Science

In 2017, Hip-Hop celebrates its 44th year of existence as a cultural form. Since its inception in urban America, Hip-Hop has transformed into a global phenomenon, serving as a political, social, and cultural mode of expression for people of various races and ethnicities. Not only has rap music experienced an increase in the diversity of its creators and consumers, it has also witnessed an expansion of the political activities of Hip-Hop artists as well as a surge in its influence on political movements across the world. Thus, Hip-Hop is a critical voice for marginalized communities due to its ability to disseminate knowledge, facilitate awareness, and promote mobilization and action for many social injustices.

Hip-Hop and Social Justice is a seminal text that utilizes different methodologies to examine the uses of various components of Hip-Hop culture to engage diverse political, social, and economic concerns. The goal of the volume is to document and analyze the ways in which Hip-Hop music, artists, scholars, and activists have discussed, promoted, or supported social justice challenges. This manuscript is soliciting chapters that examine the relationships between Hip-Hop culture, political engagement, and social justice work over the last four decades.

The modes in which Hip-Hop has participated in social action are not limited to song creations, campaigns and elections, voter mobilization, and/or monetary contributions. Therefore, this edited volume will be interdisciplinary and focus on the number of ways in which Hip-Hop has been involved in or led social justice fights not only in the U.S., but worldwide. This volume will explore topics such as: Hip Hop and education, Hip Hop and the Black Lives Matter movement, Hip Hop and mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, Hip Hop and electoral politics, Hip Hop and gender and sexuality, Hip Hop and public policy, Hip Hop, race and racism and Hip Hop and social justice globally.

We hope that you are interested in contributing to this peer-reviewed volume. If so, then please email either Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey at lbonnette@gsu.edu or Adolphus G. Belk, Jr. at belka@winthrop.edu with an abstract of 500 words or less of your proposed contributions and a brief bio. The abstract should clearly identify your research question, thesis, methods of analysis, results, and the disciplinary home of the research, if any. All abstracts are due November 15, 2017.

Posted in Africa, BBoys, CFP, Diaspora, DJs, Events, Female Emcees, Films, graffiti, Press Release

2018 Trinity Hip Hop Festival

The call for submissions from performers and presenters at the 13th annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival in Hartford, Connecticut. The festival will be held April 6-8, 2018. The yearly festival brings together artists, organizers, & scholars from around the world for 3 days of workshops, performances, battles, lectures, film showings, and networking. Submissions are due by 17th of November, 2017.For more information check out the festival site: http://trinityhiphop.com/call-for-submissions-2018-festival/

Posted in Female Emcees, Press Release, South Africa

Gigi Lamayne’s #1BAR

South African MC, Gigi LaMayne releases her new track, #1BAR (Prod. ABZA) this Friday.

Gigi Lamayne is one of our favorite lyricists.

A part of the “Born Free”* generation, Gigi Lamayne has matured so much as an artist since her first single “Ice Cream” was released years ago.

Her new track #1BAR samples sounds rom Kwaito Legend, `Makhendlas, “Iminwe”. In the track, Gigi Lamayne “displays not only flawless lyricism, but also vernacular wordplay”

*The Born frees are South Africans Born after the fall of apartheid in 1994.

Posted in Female Emcees, Podcasts, South Africa

HHAP Episode 15: Kanyi Mavi on Hip Hop, Xhosa, & Rap Culture in South Africa

In this episode I sit down with Kanyi Mavi, an MC out of Cape Town, South Africa. She was recently in New York City and I was able to catch up with her at the famous Red Rooster soul food restaurant in Harlem. Continue reading “HHAP Episode 15: Kanyi Mavi on Hip Hop, Xhosa, & Rap Culture in South Africa”

Posted in Africa, Botswana, Female Emcees, Ghana, Kenya, Podcasts, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

HHAP Episode 14: African (Women) MCs & Hip Hop Lyricists

This episode features the music of several MCs from across Africa. We depart from the interview format and bring you music from some of our favorite (women) MCs. This is essentially a mixtape of diverse female voices in African hip hop. These MCs live in different countries, seek different languages, and speak on diverse topics. In each of these songs, the artists performing deliver strong, hard hitting lyrics that are both classic hip hop and representative of African styles of hip hop. See the artists’ social media pages for more information. Additionally, some of the artists have their work on iTunes. Those links are provided.

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