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 –
PatricKxxLee –
Nthabi –
Toni Blackman website:
Hip Hop meditation soundcloud:

Research – Hip hop and mental health –
Mental Illness: Invisible but devastating –
Video: WTFIMH—What The Fuck Is Mental Health?

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 |
Keko– who was mentioned in regard to Queer rights in Uganda | Instagram: @KEKOTOWN |
Ben Sharpa: Instagram: @bensharpa |
Dope Saint Jude: Instagram: @DopeSaintJude |
Sarkodie: Instagram: @sarkodie |
P Square: Instagram: @Peterpsquare |

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