'Mzungu kichaa' (crazy white guy) has been an expression circling in the Tanzanian hip hop scene ever since a Danish rapper called Joker did a collabo with popular artist Mr II (Sugu aka 2Proud) back in 1998. Ever since, every white man involved in Tanzanian hip hop would be referred to as 'mzungu kichaa'.
Until the real Mzungu Kichaa stood up (real name: Aspen), an artist from Danmark who grew up in Tanzania, came to speak Swahili quite fluently and picked the moniker of Mzungu Kichaa. He was heard on a couple of bongo flava hits doing choruses back in 2001 already and now he has an album ready. The video to the first single is ready, the wonderful 'Jitolee' featuring Professor Jay. Stay tuned for the long overdue interview which we recorded last year already. And on another note, did we tell you there's a new version of this site in the making? Almost done...
In the midst of confusion about the condition of Gabon's president, and fear of any political turmoil that may break out if he passes away (update: it was just confirmed that he died indeed - we'll post any news here!), there are two major events happening in Libreville that will make Gabon the place to be when it comes to hip hop from the central African region. First up is Gabao hip hop (see our next news update this week) and then on the 20th of June there's the annual Show du Pays.
Le Show du Pays is a recurring event organized by Zorbam produxion and involves Movaizhaleine, pioneers of hip hop in Gabon who have a large following, and a large number of guest artists. This year focus is on slam, the spoken word based performance style that is pretty popular throughout the French speaking world (despite the English name).
If you are in Libreville, check out the CCF (French Cultural Center), a huge and beautiful venue in the center of town next to the equally big Mbolo supermarket.
Artists include Souleymane Diamanka (France/Senegal), Styl'Oblique (Congo/France), Aslama (Mali), Afrikslam (Burkina), Nyabinghi Slam (Gabon), Wendy Wenn (Gabon/France) and of course the duo of Lord Ekomy Ndong and Maat Lion a.k.a. Movaizhaleine.
For more info, check out www.movaizhaleine.com or phone the info line (Dee Nice) at +241-07179412 (that's a number in Gabon so don't make it a long call!)
If you haven't subscribed yet to the podcast of our weekly 3-hour African show on Dutch national radio (don't worry - most interviews are in English and the music is universal), here's a rundown of the past months. Each show can be streamed online but is also downloadable. The third hour is usually a non-stop mix by the legendary dj Threesixty who explores all angles of black music.
Wallbangaz to Brazil
Dutch/Surinamese emcees Zillion and Scorpio are in the studio on their way to the airport, flying to Rio de Janeiro to work with Brazilian hip hop producer Alexandre Basa Listen/download
Dplanet & Spooky (Pioneer Unit, Cape Town) & Blick Bassy (Kameroen)
In the radio studio with the people behind one of South Africa's most prolific hip hop labels, Mustafa Maluka (African hip hop radio) and a phone interview with singer/songwriter Blick Bassy from Cameroon/France. Listen/download
Bobbito & Rich Medina
Interview with hip hop radio legend and sneaker mag editor Bobbito and dj Rich Medina on the occasion of the launch of their Afrobeat/Latin compilation 'the Connection part 1' Listen/download
Blakk Rasta 'Barack Obama' (Ghana)
In-studio session with Ghana's biggest reggae artist and radio dj Blakk Rasta Listen/download
Daby Toure & Sotu, African reggae
Phone interview with Daby Toure, son of the Toure Kunda family whose music merges many influences Listen/download
In-studio session with the 22-year old bongo flava star Ali Kiba (Ally Kiba) from Tanzania Listen/download
Mame Balla (Dancehall Masters)
Session with Mame Balla, reggae singer from Gambia / Senegal also known from his work with Dancehall Masters and with producer Hakim (theBoyz) Listen/download
Yes, Nigerian hip hop is alive and kicking. And to catch up with some of the recent developments on the local scene, Dro Ameh will be gracing these pages with updates on the outstanding artists, releases and events. First up is a review of 'Talk about it', one of the more prominent hip hop releases to come out of Nigeria in the past months.
Last year's collabo by Kanye West and Estelle, 'American Boy', is one of those tracks that was just begging for a string of remakes. We have seen it before by several big r&B hits and indeed it was only a matter of weeks before 'Ivorian Boy' by Grandpamini was available online, a mash-up of a coupe decale track by dj Arafat with the original acapella.
Now it gets better with an actual remix by Menoosha and M.anifest that we just got in. Menoosha is a singer from Ivory Coast in Germany and M.anifest as you will know by now, is a Ghanaian emcee in the USA. Listen:
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