Please click here to access the playlist. As noted in our class discussions and reading materials, African women have faced many challenges in the hip-hop
Keko is a Ugandan MC and filmmaker who became involved in Uganda’s hip hop scene over than 10 years ago. Her career eventually took her to international audiences, in Africa and in Europe, and included a 2012 deal with Sony. In our conversation, Keko discusses some of the challenges she experienced while living in Uganda. Those challenges revolved around her gender, her sexuality, her international recognition, and her 2012 deal with Sony. We discuss the impact of patriarchy and homophobia on her ability to live and to work. Keko is now living in Toronto and is pursuing a career in filmmaking. Keko insists that she is not trying to be an activist, and is definitely not anyone’s “poster child” for gay rights in Uganda. However, Keko’s music, films, and her coming out are her unapologetically living her life. As a Ugandan woman, she is also using her own lens & perspective to contribute her voice as a creative.
Keko is on Twitter at @KEKOTOWN
Her film works can be found on VIMEO at https://vimeo.com/user85283017
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
Keko Speaks to the Media. Photo from Autostraddle.com The Ugandan rapper and icon Keko raised eyebrows in an interview she gave with PRI during 2017in
By Max Bone A photo of the groundbreaking Ugandan artist Keko. Photo from Flickr In a May 2017 interview with the international news outlet PRI
Uganda has seen a steady rise in its Hip Hop scene over the past two decades, but no Ugandan rapper has made as unique an