Seventeen thousand and counting – the Back To The City Festival is set to grow its numbers all for the love of hip-hop. The festival is a true celebration of hip-hop, hailing every aspect of the global culture with a steady South African fingerprint. Gathered under Johannesburg’s M1 highway in the city’s Newtown district will be graffiti artists, fashion designers, dance crews, BMXers and even entrepreneurs who will participate in […]
On the eve of his performance in New York City, Congolese-Belgian emcee Baloji spoke with AfriPOP! about his favorite rappers, influences and what makes someone an African…(click on pic to read the story)
Nigerian, by way of Brooklyn, producer Dot da Genius is behind the platinum single, Day n Nite by Kid Cudi. He spoke to AfriPOP about his Nigerian upbringing, working on the smash single and how he thinks Africans will be represented in the future of hip hop. You’re behind Day N Nite, one of the biggest hip hop and club records this past year. How did that record come about? […]
Tumi and the Volume do London In their near-decade long existence Tumi and the Volume have maintained their reputation in South Africa as the most travelled band of their generation with just two albums to their credit – 2004′s Live at the Bassline and their 2006 self-titled set. Much has been said about the condescending attitudes that daunt the world music circuit, but its followers remain faithful and its purveyors […]
Sudanese-born emcee Emmanuel Jal became a child soldier at the age of eight. Today, he lives in England and recently released his debut album, Warchild. Check out his video for the title song: [youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=xy6FB9WtNlk] A documentary on Emmanuel’s life is currently making the film festivals rounds. He is also working on an autobiography.
Part two of our Zipper Factory interviews. Ugandan emcee Krukid was recently tapped for the Rawkus 50, a list of the hottest underground emcee’s. Here he speaks on his first encounters with hip hop, being an African in America, and child soldiers. Afripop + Krukid [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.592934&w=425&h=350&fv=clip_id%3D1134984%26server%3Dwww.vimeo.com%26autoplay%3D0%26fullscreen%3D1%26md5%3D%26show_portrait%3D0%26show_title%3D0%26show_byline%3D0%26context%3D%26context_id%3D] more about "afriPOP 002: Afropolitan Society pt 2…", posted with vodpod
Since we’ve taken it upon ourselves to introduce you to the dynamic crop of young diasporic Africans making moves, be it in music, literature or visual artist, we couldn’t help but fall in love with this Canadian/South African singer, Zaki Ibrahim. A soul singer with an emcee’s heart, Zaki’s has performed with the likes of The Roots and South African hip hop group Tumi and the Volume. AfriPOP! recently caught […]