AFRICAN WOMEN IN HIP-HOP: L.I.B INFAMOUS MC CARO
MC Caro is among Liberia’s upcoming female rappers venturing the music industry. In 2020, MC Caro released her single Don’t Ask Me which is among the different songs that are under her name. Essentially, as an artist, MC Caro considers rapping as her forte and thus uses it to spread awareness and also criticize the Liberian government
Feminine ideals in Toussa Senerap’s work
Toussa Senerap—who’s name is a play on the French “Tous ça,” or “everything,” and an agglomeration of Senegal and Rap—plays an interesting consciousness in her work surrounding the idea of femininity. Senerap both embraces womanhood and shies away from traditional conceptualizations of femininity from both hip-hop and Senegalese contexts. For this piece, I’m primarily analyzing
Keko Lifts up Marginalized Communities Through Her Music
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 the Ugandan artist Keko was not afraid to speak out about who she is, and how she utilizes her popularity to advocate to issues that are of importance to her.
African Hip Hop Through Visual Art
This semester students in the Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa course did either podcasts and art pieces. This is some of the artwork submitted from this semester’s students.
HHAP Episode 23: Uganda’s Ruyonga on African/African American Relations, Black Panther, Politics, and Christianity
This interview with Ugandan artist Ruyonga, formerly known as Krukid, is an in-depth discussion on the artist’s perspective on the Black experience, relations between African Americans and Africans in America, his issues with the Black Panther film, being a Christian MC, and his perspective on laws and politics in Uganda. Ruyonga studied in the U.S. in the early 2000s. He began rapping in Uganda before coming to the States, and he established an underground career in the U.S. and became known for his distinct sound and strong lyrical ability. After almost a decade in the US, Ruyonga returned to Uganda. He changed his name to Ruyonga and built his career as a Christian rapper. After a long stay Ruyonga has an interesting perspective on being an African immigrant in America, and the tensions between African and African American communities. He talks about those tensions from an African immigrant perspective, and comments on the diverse racial and ethnic dynamics he saw in different parts of the United States. The conversation turns towards pop culture and race and Ruyonga has strong feelings about the Black Panther and the representations of Africans in the film, and Hollywood’s presentation of the Black experience. Ruyonga also opens up about his views on race, Black pride, and feminism, as well as his views on the ways different groups of people have been pitted against each other. Part of the conversation includes the artist’s views on some of Uganda’s more controversial laws regarding women and sexuality, especially the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Still a strong lyricist, Ruyonga now uses Christianity as the vehicle with which to express his lyricism. His latest release is Voice Of My Father, and follows an impressive body of work that spans over 10 years. Ruyonga is on BandCamp at https://ruyonga.bandcamp.com iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ruyonga/482094271 Twitter: @ruyongamusic Episode Breakdown 7:30 “African American, American African” 9:30 “Pearl City Anthem” 11:45 “Hand of God” 12:40 Background and move to the US 14:00 The Black Experience 15:15 African & African American relations 23:42 The Black Panther movie & Hollywood 29:33 Black pride, feminism 32:00 The return to Uganda 35:45 Language 37:18 Christianity & politics
Exploring Lyrical & Artistic Feminism: Botswana’s Hip-Hop Star, Sasa Klaas
The Hip-Hop industry, like many others within patriarchal societies, remains male-dominated. However, the growing presence of talented female artists who challenge and question the status quo and defy gender roles with their lyrics lends hope to a future of non-gender-biased music. Sarona Motlhagodi, more popularly known as her stage name, Sasa Klaas, is a hip-hop
Female Sexuality in Hip-Hop, Is It Still A Taboo?
When it comes to being one of the hottest female rap artists in the game, you have to go hard or go home. Queens born rap artist, Nicki Minaj, knows that all too well and living in this day an age, sex sells in almost every piece of work. Rather it be in forms of