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.

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 11 Hip Hop Kilinge (cypher)

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 11 – Hip Hop Kilinge (cypher). Every Saturday in Dar es Salaam over 100 hip hop heads from around Dar come to the New Msasani Club for the Hip Hop Kilinge. The Kilinge was started by Tamaduni Muzic artists a couple of years ago. Kad Go hosts and DJ Texas spins. Kilinge1The weekly event features a brief discussion and history of hip hop culture by some of the city’s best emcees. The crowd gets to hear a variety of hip hop and gets to see several local artists perform.

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

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.

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 1

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 1 – Hip hop super producer Duke. One of the hardest working heads in TZ hip hop. He’s got his own distribution company and is a major part of Tamaduni Muzik and the weekly Hip Hop Kilinge (cypher) in Dar es Salaam at the New Msasani Club. It was hard to get him to agree to step in front of the camera, and even harder to fit into his schedule. But his love of vinyl & different types of music set him apart from most. 

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

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”