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“Master and King”: the best joint off The Holstar and Teckzilla’s “The Extraordinaires”

February 13, 2012

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Master and King opens with a riff that sounds like a way slowed down version of Heavy D’s “Now that We Found Love” (see below too). But the melody’s slightly different and very current. It’s an addictive song…the best off  “The Extraordinaires from The Holstar (Zambia) and Teckzilla (Canada, bwo Nigeria).

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Muller Empo raps hard from the English diaspora: Zambia and Botswana

February 12, 2012

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Muller Empo is a Botswana underground rapper in Russia. He recently did a track with 2 Zambian MC’s, called Stand Up. What’s most notable here is the strength of English-speaking rappers from countries you didn’t know English is the primary language: Botswana and Zambia.  

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Interview with the Danish-Tanzanian Eminem/Elvis: Mzungu Kichaa

November 5, 2011

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One of the great, unique voices out there, Mzungu Kichaa interviewed on the Patricia Show (filmed in Nairobi).  He talks about his upbringing, from moving to the Zambian bush at 6 to life in Tanzania.  Very cool white dude.

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“Slap Dee” features one of the best beats yet!

June 30, 2011

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6-29-2011 slap dee nomba ninshi

Lemme just get this out of the way:  I love this song!  Nomba Ninshi sounds a little like Busta Rhymes, just not as raspy or fast.  

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“KWP Anthem” showcasing Luganda…but why the ESL?!

June 30, 2011

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6-29-2011 kawempe hiphop anthem

Following in the long tradition of Seven Samurai-type rapping with one rapper after another, I dig the Luganda flow.  These Ugandan guys from capitol, Kawempe, unfortunately go in and out of bad ESL rapping and singing!  

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Jitolee: one of the world’s best songs. EVER!!

June 30, 2011

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6-29-2011 jitolee

Mzungu Kichaa (aka Espen Sorenson) is a white dude who speaks perfect Swahili and writes  tunes in the Tanzania-invented Bongo Flava style.   This song is a classic!

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Exiled Somali protesting Al-Shebaab

June 29, 2011

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6-28-2011 somali cusub

In other countries, rappers got more important problems than worrying about whether to get a Mercedes or a Maybach. 

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“This is the Remix of the Remix” from the Seychelles

June 28, 2011

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6-27-2011 seychelles genesis the ruckus

This is Genesis the Ruckus.  He believes in G.o.d., not doing drugs, and not getting AIDS.  That much I agree with…

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Yeah…umm…not sure this shot should be in ANY video…

June 27, 2011

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6-27-2011 rwanda hot crew boys

Now, at an age where you have to know what’s cool, regardless of where you are in the world, shouldn’t you know that Microsoft Windows backgrounds are decidedly uncool?!  

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Hate it or Love it: “Niggas Desistam” is really well produced

June 27, 2011

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6-26-2011 LCD mozambique

According to this site, hiphop in Mozambique is big.  Who knew?!  

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