Yes, we have heard political and business leaders and Africanists talk about the need to “tell the African story.” But that story in most cases goes un-mentioned as retold by Africa’s musical talents.
“When I was in Uganda I met Professor O’Connor and the president of Rhyme and Reason in U.S.A and am proud I will be featured in her book Telling Our Own Stories 2016 and 8BALL has written the intro of the book,” notes Kenya bases hip-hopper, Hustlajay Maumau who hosts a radio show dubbed, ‘Tafakari Kwetu on wgRADIO.
With that first feature, luck has knocked on the star’s doors again with yet another professor from Howard set to feature the rapper in a new boo dubbed, ‘Telling our Own Stories 2016″ by Msia Kibona Clark.
The book is about the growth of hip hop as a way to express social and political issues and as a form of protest.
This story of hip-hop in Africa, as heard from the voices of artists, activists and academics, is a crucially important work on the history and politics of the African contribution to the global hip hop movement.
Msia Kibona Clark specializes in African migration and identity studies as well as studies of hip hop culture and social movements in Africa.
Catch the Hustlajay Hip-hop show live every Friday 2-3pm only on wgRADIO.fm
It looks at hip hop all over Africa and features interviews with artists from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, and more.
In recent years, several books have been published concerning African hip-hop, including Eric Charry’s Hip-hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World (2012) and Mwenda Ntarangwi’s East African Hip-hop: Youth Culture and Globalization.
Kibona is remembered for the book, Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati that positively broadens our understanding of hip hop on the continent. It shows how hip hop in its spoken, written, and visual form has created outlets for Africans north-south and east-west to recognize, perceive, understand, and respond to the problems of the twenty-first century. In short, Clark and Koster bring together important contributions from scholars and artists that illustrate the pan-African force that is hip hop. (P. Khalil Saucier, Rhode Island College).