The podcast features discussions on African hip hop music & culture. The podcast is produced & hosted by Msia Kibona Clark and students in the Department of African Studies at Howard University and students in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

The podcast features interviews and discussions with artists from all over the continent and the Diaspora. The podcast is unique in its format, and values in-depth discussions with people actively involved in hip-hop culture in Africa and the African Diaspora.

We have interviewed diverse artists, activists, and scholars on topics ranging from language, religion, gender, activism, and politics.

The podcast has released dozens of episodes, which are available on this site, as well as iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, Stitcher, and on most platforms you go to for podcasts. You can subscribe to the podcast and receive new episodes as they are released. We have recently released several video episodes on our Hip-Hop African YouTube channel.

HHAP Ep78: Eavesdrop on Cultivating Spaces for Authenticity in Hip-Hop Hip Hop African Podcast

Eavesdrop is a multi-hyphenate artist who is an MC, a producer, a director, and an actor. She has been active in Cape Town’s Hip-Hop scene for almost 2 decades and as a lyricist she often produces meaningful lyrics, expressing ideas that have depth. In this interview, we had an important conversation with Eavesdrop about the importance of representation and authenticity. We talked honestly about sometimes feeling conflicted on how best to support younger artists, especially women. Strength and confidence are a prerequisite for being a Hip-Hop artist, and we reflect on how to support other women while encouraging them to rely on their own strength and confidence to excel. “If you need me to hold this door open for you, how are you going to learn the weight of this door?” Eavesdrop We also discuss South Africa’s political history and how that influences the presence and participation of women in Hip-Hop. Eavesdrop introduces us to the concept of “imbokodo” (“rock” in Zulu”), which emerged during the anti-apartheid movement. A common chant during the movement was “Wathint’abafazi, wathint’imbokodo!” (“You strike women, you strike a rock!”). “As an MC you’re seen as imbokodo, you’re seen as that rock, you’re seen as that pillar, and you are somehow helping to preserve that legacy that your country is known for … for its strong women” Eavesdrop We also talk about the cost of authenticity. Eavesdrop says that being authentic to yourself as an artist is freedom. It often does not mean wealth, but it does mean freedom. In an industry where some equate talent and success with material things, placing higher importance on wealth than on the actual art or the message, Eavesdrop reflects on the importance of being her authentic self “When you live in the ghetto, your TV is never off… It’s just constantly running a program on you.. we have a lot of work to do in terms of rewriting that code” Eavesdrop
  1. HHAP Ep78: Eavesdrop on Cultivating Spaces for Authenticity in Hip-Hop
  2. HHAP Ep77: DJ Azuhl on Hip-Hop & DJing Culture in South Africa
  3. HHAP Ep76: FOKN Bois on Satire and Music as Social Commentary
  4. HHAP EP. 75: Skilled Rhymes and the Bordertowns on the Volta: Ghana’s Keeny Ice
  5. HHAP Ep. 74: Fid Q on Hip Hop, Language, & Culture in Tanzania

HHAP Episode 16: Wanlov the Kubolor

  Nov 1, 2017   1 Min read
This month we’re featuring a conversation with Ghanaian artist Wanlov the Kubolor. In the interview we talk about Wanlov the Kubolor’s experiences, his music, the controversies,

Artist Profile: Graffiti Writer Behulum

  Apr 26, 2017   0 Min read
Artist Profile: Graffiti Writer Behulum (Ethiopia) at the 12th Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival. This is a special podcast episode recorded at the Trinity

Podcast Introduction

  Oct 5, 2016   0 Min read
We are introducing a new podcast show titled The Hip Hop African podcast. The podcast will feature interviews with artists and conversations around certain social
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