Morumokwano and linguistic turf wars in South African hip hop

  Unlike in the United States, where hip hop sub-genres are differentiated by their cities of origin and lyrical themes (i.e. hardcore hip hop – New York; trap – party rap), here in South Africa they are distinguished by the languages they represent. Each of the eleven official languages has its own specific hip hop… Read More Morumokwano and linguistic turf wars in South African hip hop

Somali Music And Poetry: A Threatened Tradition

A residential area in Hargeisa, the capital of the northwestern Somaliland region of Somalia | © Retlaw Snellac Photography/Flickr   Somalis use the word muusiko to mean music. Although the word is borrowed from the languages of English, French and Italian colonialists, it has a slightly different meaning. In indigenous Somali tradition, music and poetry is considered… Read More Somali Music And Poetry: A Threatened Tradition

The Top 10 Films To Watch Before Your Trip To Tanzania

Oldonyo Lengai Mountain | Photo by Juma Mudimi Tanzania is amongst the most beautiful places in the world, with all the features necessary to attract both tourists and investors. The northern area of the country is characterized by world-renowned tourist attractions such as Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro National Park, Tarangire National Park as well as Lake… Read More The Top 10 Films To Watch Before Your Trip To Tanzania

Top 10 Music Festivals in Africa

With the continent of Africa growing as a significant cultural and entertainment hub, music festivals are fast becoming a regular and popular feature on the continent’s cultural space. From educational and environmentally conscious festivals such as the Kenya Music Festival and Egypt’s 3alganoob festival, to entertainment festivals such as the Cape Town International Music Festival,… Read More Top 10 Music Festivals in Africa

Benin’s Angelique Kidjo wins world music album

TRAVEL, MUSIC AND FILM Source: BBC   Benin’s Angelique Kidjo has won the best world music album of the year at this year’s Grammys in Los Angeles.The New York-based singer won the award for her Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg collaboration, Sings. ”I want to dedicate this Grammy to all the traditional musicians in Africa, in my… Read More Benin’s Angelique Kidjo wins world music album