Bongo HipHop

 Tanzania hip hop artist use their languages in different ways, both local languages and American pop culture slang. Artists like Fid Q flow from Swahili to English throughout most of their songs, allowing them to connect with Tanzanians  and also hip hop lovers everywhere. In Fid Q’s hit song “Bongo Flava”, Fid mostly speaks in Swahili, but a few lines are in English.  Continue reading “Bongo HipHop”

Tanzania’s Hottest

Ever since Rosa Ree hip the hip-hop scene she was a force to be reckoned with. Rosa Ree  was born Rosary Robert, she had a passion for music at a very young age and with the support of her family she was able to focus on music. Rosa ree use her rapping talent to express clear emotions or her experiences throughout her life, and rap is her communication medium to the world. The East African hip hop scene, similar to any other African hip hop scene, often undermines women MCs, who can be considered not strong enough to be in the rap game. It’s good that Rosa Ree’s music is not only proving them wrong in Tanzania, but across Africa. Continue reading “Tanzania’s Hottest”

Poppin females in the Rap game

Females in the rap game all over the world inst as popular and females in the hip-hop scene around the world arent as respected as those in the United States are. So for a Female Artist from  Africa to have her name and music out there in the world of Hip-Hop, they have to be fye. Nadia rose and Eyirap are two examples of those fye female rappers.Nadia rose is popular for her catchy beats and lyrics in her songs like D.F.W.T and Station but the song that caught my ear was her hit single Skwod. The song’s beat is very complex and so is the way Nadia changes her flow up. Based of the songs tittle you pretty much can assume what the song would be about. the lyrics was taling about her group of friends she hangs with or her Squad or “skwod” the hook of the song is  “I’m rollin’ ten girl up in that skwod, That’s what? That skwod”.Nadia rose is for sure a talented female MC, so is EyiRap. EyiRap song Rap and Me is one of those songs you listen to that you cannot stop bobbing your head too. the lyrics of Rap and me basically form the central idea that EyiRap is the best rapper and possible the best thing walking on earth since sliced bread. EyiRap and Nadia rose both share similar type of beats in their songs but the videos are very different. Nadia rose video would be thought of as a common feminine video or song but EyiRap music video was darker looking and had characteristics of a stereotypical music video from a male artist.


Rebel Music

Rebel Music is described as music used by the youth activist  in Senegal to express their feeling and views on society, mostly politically. The beginning of “Rebel Music” was in the late 1980s when their economy collapsed and when the government invalidated the 1988 school year, due to the youths’ protest of the government officials tasked with making sure stuff like this doesn’t happen. After all of this the youth found their voice though Hip-Hop. From there on Rebel Music would grow more then those students in the late 1980s ever expected.After listening to a couple of “Rebel Music” songs and watching the music videos one in particular stood out the most to me,”Nothing to prove” by Keur Gui. Keur Gui is a hip hop group that was formed in 1996 in the middle of a student strike in Senegal. Most of the song was in their native Language but the chorus was in english but the video did have subtitles. The video started off with footage of a Keur Gui concert then when the rappers were actually rapping the camera would be a close up on the artist, but though out the music video they would go back and forward to the concert and the artist. The style of the video was very familiar to me, or pretty much anyone else who’s seen a Hip Hop music video in the past ten years. I like the way they incorporated both a concert vibe and a in your face personal type vibe  in one video. The concert scenes  showed the large fan base and all the love their fans have for them. In both scenes you could see the passion in the artist whether it was in the concert scene, when the crowd is going crazy and they’re moving around with high energy on the stage or in the close ups when they seemed to be very close to the camera talking with their hands. I think that the overall message of the sing was that their gout has been there for the people, they been was trying to change things in there country and they have nothing to prove about there loyalty to them.Because of musical groups like Keur Gui the peoples’ voices have been heard and of changes have been made for the bettering of the country.


Keur Gui “Nothing to Prove’

Emtee & Mavins

The first African-hip Hop song that I every listened to on my own was by an South African Superstar called Emtee, the song was “We Up”. My first impession  of this song was the liking of the similarities the song had to  American Hip hop song , except for the parts where he speaks in another language. The Lyrics even resemble American hip hop. The lyrics showed his audience how  people would doubt him, and in fact in the music video there was scenes when he  was trying to pass out his music but no one wanted it , so basically the song is about him rising to stardum even though nobody  really gave him a chance. In all Honesty I really was attracted to this song because of the chill vibes I got from Emtee , i will defintly listen to more of his music. After I Listened to “We up ” I listened to a pop song with a bunch of featured artist called Dorobucci by Mavins. First of seeing all the features had me excited because most of the time the more features a song has the more I like it…and I was right. I could understand the lyrics at different spots though out the song. I originally thought  that Dorobucci was some type of group because one artist finish her verse by saying “Dorobucci where the best crew “. Sine i was uncertain to the true meaning  I researched the song to find the exact meaning and I found out that the  song’s meaning was “anything that is fun, cool, awesome, or fantastic”. This Song does have more of the African feel to it then the other song, with the stong sound of hand drums, but i still enjoyed it. The style that was shown of in the video is pretty much the same of any other huge pop song, people having fun.