Global hip-hop takes many cues from Kung Fu. Contrary to what denouncers might think, there is a rhyme and reason to using ‘words as weapons’.
There are many sub-genres of Hip Hop, so why is all non-Anglophone music lumped under the label ‘world music’?
The search for old or new African sounds is based around a nostalgia culture that is endemic to Anglo-American popular music.
Popular African musician Papa Wemba, who died recently, has been close to the heartbeat of the continent’s music. His influence will continue long after his death.