20 Feb 2010

Hip Hop In The Motherland

From RNZ Music

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.