African Battle Cry

Video taken at the African Battle Cry held in December 2017 in Cape Town by Heal the Hood.

Promo for Episode 14 of the Hip Hop African Podcast

Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Video p.1

When the East is in the House…

Always wanted to hear the classic Blahzay Blahzay song “Danger” in a hip-hop track from East Africa. This is a video of images and footage of East African hip hop artists (Tanzania, Uganda, & Kenya) with “Danger” playing in the background.

DJ Lesson w/the Legendary DJ Ready D

This video was taken in July 2016 at a taping of the Ready D show in Cape Town, South Africa. Ready D is a legendary DJ in South Africa and was a member of the pioneering rap group Prophets of Da City. In the video Ready D provides a lesson in the different hip hop DJ styles.

Hip Hop Drum Session

Video clips of students in a drum session and rapping over African drum beats. The students are in the Hip Hop and Popular Culture in Africa class in the African Studies Department at Howard University visited Hands on Drum in Washington, DC. In addition to Continue reading “Hip Hop Drum Session”

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 12 DJ @ the 2013 Swahili Hip Hop Summit

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 12 – DJ @ the 2013 Swahili Hip Hop Summit. About a week after I landed in Dar I attended the Swahili Hip Hop Summit. There was a great blend of hip hop elements, including the element of knowledge. Wachata Crew was there doing graffiti, SUA was there doing their thing, a lot of emcees blessed the mic, and there was a lot of knowledge being spread.

*30 days of TZ hip hop is to show some of what I experienced the past year in Tanzania.

Video of Nikki Mbishi @ Lyricst Lounge

Nikki Mbishi @ the Lyricst Lounge event at Club 327 in Dar es Salaam.

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 3 – Neyka

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 3 – Neyka @ the Hip Hop Kilinge (cypher). I was impressed with this sister. It was her first time on the mic and she did it at the kilinge, a mostly male, straight hip hop crowd.

Hip Hop Kilinge (cypher)

Hip hop in Tanzania stands strong through events like the open mic night at the New Msasani Club in Dar es Salaam. Every Saturday night artists come from around the city to freestyle and perform. Most nights begin with a discussion of hip hop history. Tanzanian hip hop heads discuss the emergence of hip hop in New York City and its main elements. The night this was recorded they discussed what they felt were the differences between rappers and emcees, as well as between an MC and an emcee. They then moved into a freestyle competition in which several emcees competed to be the last two standing. Once the final two were selected they proceeded to battle it out, with the winner taking money that was collected during the show from the audience.

**The videos are in Swahili with no subtitles”