X Plastaz – “Africa”

So this is some brand-new, catchy-as-anything hip-hop out of Tanzania, from a group called X Plastaz, one of the most popular hip-hop acts in Tanzania.  Rapping in Swahili and Haya, they have crafted a powerful blend of contemporary hip-hop sensibility and traditional Maasai melodies and chants, which they weave throughout their music to create an incredibly unique sound.  They’ve been featured in National Geographic, on MTV, and on HBO, so they’ve garnered quite a bit of buzz, and from what I’ve heard of their music, I’d say it’s fairly well-deserved.

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