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The song 'Beyonce Coulibaly' may not have been the most outstanding track on Mokobe's solo debut 'Mon Afrique' (2007) but the music video is something else! Hopefully it will also inspire other artists to put some humour in their videos.
This one speaks for itself, even if you don't speak French.

       

Two artists who have distinguished themselves from the generic Bongo flava-sound in Tanzania have joined up for a new single and video. 'Furaha' by Arusha-based group X Plastaz and Dar es Salaam's finest, solo rapper Fid Q, was launched in May on Channel 5 (East Africa TV) and this week across other stations and the web. X Plastaz had not recorded new material after the death of group member Faza Nelly in 2006, while Fid Q has released a couple of very succesful singles in the past months. The beat is by dj 360, X Plastaz' tour dj and producer who has also produced for the likes of Redman, Outsidaz and Freestyle Fellowship as well as Senegalese artists Wa BMG 44.

Watch 'Furaha' here (if it's loading very slowly you can click on the 'HD' button to load a low-res version):



The music video to 'Furaha', which raises the quality bar of hip hop videos in Tanzania, was made by Kilimanjaro Film Institute (KFI). KFI is a training institute based in Arusha which educates youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in different disciplines of filmmaking, in order to help them gain the necessary skills to find employment. The Furaha video, for which they received guidance from two Dutch film students, was a pilot project in which they were introduced to the specific discipline of making music videos.

The music recordings were done in Fid Q's studio in Dar, and coordinated by African Hip Hop Tanzania, a new local offspring of the African Hip Hop Foundation. More about African Hip Hop TZ soon...

       



Ten years ago, Bisso na Bisso were the first African rap group from France to achieve major success both in France and abroad. Their 'Racines' is a true classic with its rumba/soukous inspired beats and an allstar team of emcees of Congo-Brazza birth including Passi, Ben-J, Lino and M'passi.

Bisso gradually moved out of the picture but have been working on a new album to be released this year, with productions from a.o. Kaysha. The burning question to many of us would be: can they hold their own in today's highly competitive musical arena? Just take a look at the music video, shot on location in Dakar (Senegal) for a hint of what's to come.

       

...especially if they feature the best of South African rappers plus a video cameo by Africanhiphopradio dj Lee Kasumba! Expect an interview with dj Nana (Toronto, Canada) soon in our weekly radio show and tune in this week if you want to hear the uncensored version of this track.

       



Yeah... it's 2009 and we better get used to it, with people moving all across the planet you will come across unexpected cultural crossovers. Like the video owner says: 'Identify with your roots, people! Cos even others are doing that for you'. In this video, the reaction of the people standing next to him is actually more funny than the guy speaking pidgin and Hausa so well.

Edit: if you're bored, go to Youtube and read the comments to this video on whether this is entertainment or a shameful mockery?

       

       

       



What would you do with a little fortune made in the oil or diamond business in Angola? Investing in property is an option. This video shows some of the dwellings being planned and built as we speak. Luanda is one of the most expensive cities in the world and a decent appartment can set you back 2000 to 3000 U$ (American dollars!) per month, though rents go up to 15.000 per month. In other African capitals you can almost buy a house for that kind of money!

Read this article to get an idea about the housing situation, and the scramble for land that forces Luanda's poor out of their houses.

The soundtrack to this video is a song called 'Mwangole' by Embaixadores.

       

       



Sometimes it's good to see things in perspective. The little man in this video (Lil' Jojo from Nigeria doing his 'Mama oyoyo') was not even born at the time people first started saying hip hop is dead, so why should he care? Lesson learnt: the new generation may see things differently, but they have inherited a culture that they will mould into something new.

As for kid rappers: nothing new under the sun. Back in 1980, a Brother D recorded How we gonna make the black nation rise with his hand picked selection of toddler emcees from the community center (or were they grown-ups sounding immature?) going by the name of 'The Collective Effort'. What's even more fascinating than the composition of the group is the fact that this tune made history as the first conscious rap on vinyl.

       

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