Gabon’s political force is its thriving hip-hop scene

Alice Aterianus-Owanga, University of Lausanne In Gabon as in other African states, rap has become instrumental in constructing political identity. On August 17, Gabon celebrated 57 years of independence with a massive free concert in the capital, Libreville. The aim: to promote national unity in a festive fashion. An impressive lineup of local hip-hop stars …

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The town where hip-hop is healing South Africa’s broken youth

Alette Schoon, Rhodes University A large body of research shows that in South Africa’s black townships, a youth masculinity dominates, probably best captured by the gangsta hip-hop term “swagger”. It involves a highly sexualised, aggressive manner, sporting the latest consumer goods, and not being averse to violence, alcohol abuse and drugs – basically how hip-hop …

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Africa News Headlines for 22 May 2015

Kenyan president urges strengthening anti-terror training in schools Source: Shanghai Daily Uganda rules out sending troops to Burundi-Prime Minister Source: Reuters African oil based economies need to diversify Source: African Business Review Free trade area to link Cape and Cairo Source: SouthAfrica.info Malawi sex workers win court case Source: IOL/AFP Hip-hop artist backs sustainable energy …

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Africa News Headlines for 28 January 2015

Are 60% of sex workers in South Africa HIV-positive? Source: The South African AFRICOM Commander Wants Full Counterinsurgency Plan for Boko Haram Source: Defense One Data Providers Need To Step Up To Africa’s Internet Demand Source: Ventures Africa China defends aid role in Africa Source: Business Recorder African students show progress Source: The Whig Are …

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