La pluspart du site est en anglais mais il y a les emissions African hip hop radio en français et le forum français! FAQs (frequently-asked questions)

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Who and why

The site serves the goal of unifying everybody who's inspired by hip hop and by the cultures of Africa and of African origins. The info at is provided mostly by the artists themselves, and edited by the web team in Amsterdam, Holland. is a project of the African Hip Hop Foundation, a non-profit organization registered in the Netherlands which is run by a group of young volunteers from different countries and backgrounds. The foundation board consists of pioneers in African hip hop from South Africa, Uganda and Holland. Our editorial team is made up of young media professionals from Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Cape Verde and Angola, while we work with freelancers from all over the continent.

The website is 100 percent independent, uncensored and its core activities are run without financial or material support from any organization or funder.

Since the early nineties we have been collecting info on the development of hip hop in Africa, and we will publish any available info at this spot. So if you have any material, let us know and we will put it up. You can get in touch by using the contact form.

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The history of this site

The website, formerly named Rumba-Kali Home of African Hip Hop, was initiated in February 1997 as a platform for information and discussion on hip hop from the African continent (click here to see a copy of the page as it appeared back then). At the time no websites were publishing about the spread of hiphop across Africa. Only the world tours of South African hip hop crew POC, and PBS from Senegal had introduced the world to a little part of the lively urban music culture of African countries. Since there was little communication among hip hop artists from various countries, for example between Senegal and South Africa, the Rumba-Kali site was a first step towards interlocal ties.

In the first years after the site went online, a lot happened. Hip Hop in Africa - as in the rest of the world - really blew up. African groups released cd's on the world market and PBS even toured in South Africa. Different Pan African hip hop festival were held.
The Rumba-Kali web site attracted many visitors, even people who never heard of Africans doing hip hop before were showing love. A lot of peeps from the USA felt good about the motherland connection: they thought it natural that this art form, part of whose roots are in Africa, has now found its way 'back home'. Attracting over 30.000 unique visitors per month, the site is now functioning as the prime source of info on African hiphop. Our news stories have been used by international media such as BBC, BET, the Source and others.

Used by hiphop fans, artists and researchers alike, our site has been much imitated. There are now many more African hiphop websites but remains the starting point and final destination for anyone wanting to know more about hiphop in the Motherland.

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Is it all Africans doing this site?

Some people asked us if the people doing this site are all Africans/blacks (interestingly, it's only Americans that have asked this).
The people that maintain this site are from different origins and backgrounds, both African and European. Currently most contributions are written by people from Tanzania, Senegal, Holland and South Africa - black, white and anything in between. Our philosophy is that it is not important where you are from, it's where you at... and hip hop is our tool to reach our shared goals, and build on the revolutionary power of rap.
The site was started out to promote the work, views and achievements of hip hop artists from urban Africa, and it will always support the developments at street level. We will not allow other interests to take over.

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Rest in peace: Mr.Devious the 1st (South Africa), Mark -P.O.C. (South Africa), D-Rob (Tanzania), Cool James, (Tanzania), Las MC (Senegal), Stanislaus (Tanzania).

We want to send mad thanks to all the contributors & visitors to this site (also see the credits below). Big up to all that sent in their info, cd's or tapes, and to those that actually travelled in Africa and bought cassettes for us.

Shamiel X (South Africa) first made us do this site when he had his 'African hip hop page' up in 1995, and we started doing the Rumba-Kali site providing info on these artists: POC (S.A.), PBS (Senegal), Kwanza Unit (Tanzania) and AA Cool Para (Zanzibar).
Also thanks to the following people, and anyone we might have forgotten:
Tanzania: Kwanza Unit, P-Funk, AA Cool Para, Mike 'Pesambili' Mhagama, De-Plow-Matz, Mr II, X Plastaz, Sebastian Maganga, E-Attack, Master T, Frankie, Abbas, the radio stations, Zanzibar Film Festival
South Africa: Big Dre (Geto3000), Shamiel X, Milkman (the Mobshop), Emiel YX?, Shaheen, Bush Radio, Godessa, Devious, Sky189
Algeria: NEO AMC, One Der
Holland: Micc (Rumba-Kali records), Xander (the Boombap), Kid Sundance, Peter-Jan, Mongo Star, Claudia & Bouba, Kristel, Baobabconnections, Abdi
Belgium: Pieter Remes, Julie/Lezarts Urbaines
USA: Zulu Nation, Bob White, Ales Perullo, Of Unknown Origin, and all the African immigrant emcees
Senegal: Baidy, PBS, BMG44, Pee Froiss, Degg Dadj studio, Fatim & Assane
Germany: Metaphysics, Jay Rutledge

The media that featured us in an article: Le Monde Diplomatique, Newsweek, HHC, Vibe, Billboard etc etc.

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Editors: Juma4, Mustafa Maluka

Radio: Drew MC, Lee (YFM South Africa), Amal (Somalia/Holland), Rokhaya (Senegal), Cavera (Angola/South Africa), Harry Okoh (Nigeria), Revoltod (Cape Verde)

Foundation: Shamiel X, Yehudi, Senami

Past & present regular contributors: Eric Toroka (Tanzania), Rokhaya Byl (Senegal/Holland), Arona Mbengue (Senegal), Alpha Dia (Senegal/France), Mubarak Simba (Tanzania/Botswana/South Africa), Robinson (Rwanda/Uganda), Sebastian Maganga (Tanzania), Rab the International (Ghana/USA), Omary Kaseko (Uganda/Tanzania)...

Technical stuff: Rumba-Kali

Material & financial support (radio): Vpro, Kennisland

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This site, originally called 'Rumba-Kali Home of Pan African Hip Hop' was initiated in February 1997 as a platform for information and discussion on hip hop from the African continent.

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