Images from the African Hip Hop Film Series

858493_429889347089098_1633128979_oImages from the African Hip Hop Film Series at California State University Los Angeles from January to March 2013. The series featured films from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and Uganda; as well as guest speakers and emcees from the Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and the US.

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African Hip Hop Film Series

This winter California State University, Los Angeles is holding an African Hip Hop Film Series. The films feature hip hop scenes from all over Africa, including Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda. All films are free and open to the public. For more information contact Msia Clark @


Uganda’s Bouncing Cats: Hip hop with heart

Bouncing Cats is a new documentary of one man’s attempt to bring breakdance to the war-torn children of Uganda. The man is Abraham ‘Abramz’ Tekya, an AIDS orphan from Kampala who has a passion for hip hop. Abramz set up Breakdance Project Uganda in 2006 and gives free breakdancing classes to kids in Gulu and Kampala. His hip hop and breakdancing unites where ethnic divisions used to manipulate, offering young Ugandans an alternative identity to that of a former child soldier.

Documentary ‘Ni Wakati’ Brings American, East African Artists Together

Los Angeles — The new documentary by Kenyan filmmakers Michael Wanguhu and Russell Kenya premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles this year. It proved to be a good year for Kenyan film, with eight films set in the country.

Ni Wakati is a documentary that deals with issues including the state of hip hop, connections between Africans and African Americans, and the struggles between commercialized and conscious hip hop.

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Film: Counting Headz: South Afrika’s Sistaz in Hip Hop

Counting Headz: South Afrika’s Sistaz in Hip Hop is a documentary that was shot in Johannesburg and in Cape Town, South Africa. This film is a documentary about South African women and their struggle. Several rap artists in the film discuss their life and situation through music and Hip Hop. The film explained the obstacles and stereotypes women face on a regular basis. Many women don’t have a voice and are required to follow certain roles, such as being a mother and caring after children. Very few women resist or speak out but, just conform. However, many hip hop artists have chosen to speak out through Hip Hop music. For example, DJ Sistamatic speaks out about how she feels about the way women are treated and portrayed.