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By Michele Langevine Leiby – article originally appeared in The Washington Post – all rights resserved®) ISLAMABAD — An effort to ban hip-hop music in Pakistani schools has instead turned into a lesson in tolerance...

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Originally appeared in StarAfrica.com A hip-hop artist calling for a revolution might sound like business as usual, but when the country in question is the West African nation of Togo you have to admit the...

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(by Sulome Anderson – originally appeared in The Daily Star – additional editing by WHHM) BEIRUT – Edouard Abbas, a member of the live Lebanese hip-hop group Fareeq al-Atrash, is outraged. “Did you know that...

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(By Robert Leslie for AFP) MONROVIA — The beat is infectious US-style hip hop but the rhymes come straight from the streets of Monrovia, a city which for years has had very little to sing...

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(By Faisal Al Yafai – Article appeared in The National®)   M.I.A’s new video for “Bad Girls” sparkled with flashy Gulf cool. After wiping away some of that shine, the video just reveals orientalist stereotypes...

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(Sources: Guardian, Sister Fa official website) Senegal’s Sister Fa is a woman on a mission. South Africa’s Freedom to Create award-winner (2011) for her tireless work in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), Sister...

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Tunisian rapper arrested over protest song

February 1, 2012 | Comments

From AFP TUNIS – Tunisian police have arrested a young rapper, apparently over a song entitled “Nothing Has Changed” in which he denounces police abuse, his relatives told AFP Monday. Anis Mrabti — who goes...

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By Sujatha Fernandes (article first appeared in The New York Times®) DEF JAM will probably never sign them, but Cheikh Oumar Cyrille Touré, from a small town about 100 miles southeast of Dakar, Senegal, and...

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The Growing Hip-Hop Scene in Kyrgyzstan

January 13, 2012 | Comments

by Nate Schenkkan and David Trilling (Eurasianet.org) Two skinny teenagers in oversized sweatshirts bound onto stage, each in matching New York Yankees caps, nodding their heads in time as they call to the crowd: “Put...

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The Extraordinaires is a collaboration album between Zambia based emcee The Holstar (Slam Dunk records) and Canada based Nigerian producer Teck-Zilla (Str8buttah Productions). This 10 track album is made up of gritty, soulful beats and...

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