Hip-hop for peace

In the midst of the chaos following the election of 2007 in Kenya in which over 1,000 people have been killed, a group of hip hop artists took action to denounce the violence engulfing their communities. They formed the Hip Hop Parliament. At the centre of this is what they call “conscious hip-hop”. “Our hip-hop is about love,” said Roje Otieno, a member of the Hip Hop Parliament. They feel that young people are being provoked when their families are attacked, they are the ones who feel the need to respond with violence. The group called on the youth not to be part of the problem, but be part of the solution.


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