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South Africa’s anarchist hip hop collective

Dec5

How do you make people realize they’re in chains? For Soundz of the South (or SOS) – an anti-capitalist resistance collective from Khayelitsha, Cape Town – you give them hip hop. That injunction dates back to hip hop’s origins in New York City.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdzptwEGWmA[/youtube]

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Angola: Rapper MCK Forbidden to Leave Angola

The Angolan immigration services have barred the well-known rapper MCK, from leaving Luanda’s International Airport, to perform at a Rap Festival in Brazil on November 26. MCK told Maka Angola that the immigration officials told him that they had “superior orders” to prevent him from leaving the country.

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Buika is the best

Earlier this week I was at the launch of a friend’s excellent book about music piracy. The book goes into the nitty-gritty of how the MP3 file was first developed, through a painstaking process of figuring out how to compress recorded sound without the smaller file sounding any different. (This, of course, permanently changed the music industry.)

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Oualid Khelifi wants to challenge your concepts of African belonging

El Foukr R’Assembly is a collaborative music and film project initiated by Algerian filmmaker Oualid Khelifi.

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Bob Geldof doesn’t need to do a #BandAid30 for Ebola. African musicians made a song already

Nov13

Bob Geldof is going to put out another Band Aid single, another rehash of  the grotesque “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” with slightly altered lyrics. We’ve written about the problematic politics of such songs in detail before. Bim Adewunmi broke it down over at the Guardian today.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruYQY6z3mV8[/youtube]

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‘Flying donkey’ drones, biobanks and more

SciDev.Net Podcast – In this month’s programme, we examine how the Ebola emergency has led to new forms of humanitarian response. One is the use of music to educate people about safety practices using accessible language and forms.

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