20 Feb 2010

Hip Hop In The Motherland

Local rapper Clemson and friends in Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso
Rapper Clemson and friends in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.

Hip hop is having a huge impact on today's generation of African musicians, much as funk and soul affected their forefathers. In areas where access to musical instruments is limited, a beat and a voice goes a long way- and what better place to find those two things than in Africa?

In 'Hip Hop In the Motherland', Auckland-based DJ Barnie Duncan talks with a wealth of artists throughout West Africa, including up and comers from the hip-life scene, the man credited with recording Ghana's first rap song, Arrested Development in Morroco and some heavy open mic mechanics in Ghana's capital Accra.