Borders: What are they good for? Senegalese and Gambian Hip Hop

In this episode two students discuss hip hop in The Gambia and in Senegal. The two discuss the unique situation of The Gambia and Senegal and how the imposition of a border across the wolof culture has affected the music scene there. In the podcast, three artists are discussed: Y’en a Marre, Bai Babu, and T Smallz. The podcast begins talking about language, then moves to discussing differences in politicization of hip hop across the Senegambian region, and then wraps up with a discussion of gender rolls. Also discussed is the unique, continuing role of griot families in modern music.

African Hip Hop and Mental Health

In this podcast Hip-Hop in Africa students discuss various aspects of mental health. They talk about African artists who have spoken out about their battles with depression. The students then engaged in a very honest and open discussion with hip hop ambassador, poet, and rapper Toni Blackman. She detailed bridging the gap between the privilege of mental health and hip hop culture. Toni Blackman expounds upon her own personal advocacies, projects, and efforts geared towards bridging the gap between the two worlds while using her platform as a international rapper.

Artists Mentioned:
Gigi Lamayne – https://soundcloud.com/gigi_lamayne
PatricKxxLee – https://soundcloud.com/patrickxxlee
Nthabi –  https://soundcloud.com/msnthabi
Toni Blackman website: https://www.toniblackmanpresents.com
Hip Hop meditation soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/missblackman1

Research – Hip hop and mental health – https://www.newframe.com/hip-hop-and-mental-health
Mental Illness: Invisible but devastating – https://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/december-2016-march-2017/mental-illness-invisible-devastating
Video: WTFIMH—What The Fuck Is Mental Health?
Song: https://youtu.be/6EkBXb1vaHU

A Discussion on Hip-Hop in Africa

This episode is one of the student podcast projects done for the Hip Hop in Africa class. In the podcast, the students discuss the role hip-hip has in Africa today, how that role has changed over time, and the ways in which hip-hip will continue to shape Africa throughout the future.
Overall the three students had a fascinating conversation that touched on topics ranging from the 2014 protests in Burkina Faso, to local elections in South Africa, to Queer identity in Uganda.
Links to the Profiles of Artists Mentioned in the Podcast
Prophetsofdacity: Instagram: @ProphetsOfDaCty | https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/age-of-truth/id980221784?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Keko– who was mentioned in regard to Queer rights in Uganda | Instagram: @KEKOTOWN | https://itunes.apple.com/ug/artist/keko/6545490
Ben Sharpa: Instagram: @bensharpa | https://itunes.apple.com/lu/album/b-sharpa/507165770
Dope Saint Jude: Instagram: @DopeSaintJude | https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dope-saint-jude/1273682233
Sarkodie: Instagram: @sarkodie | https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sarkodie/326184896
P Square: Instagram: @Peterpsquare | https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/p-square/108757588

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