Africa. The mother land. It is said, we all descend from the continent the Big A, from a women known as “Eve”, or “African Eve” or “Mitochondrial Eve”.
The book “Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America” by Lerone Bennet, would have us believe that the Africa we know now, was once a country of riches and fortune, with Kings and Queens that far surpassed the River Nile.
Greek mythology tells the story of how Phaethon, the son of Helios (Apollo), rode the Chariot of the Sun, and took the Sun so low and out of its path, that he burnt most of Africa, drying out its rivers and turning its people brown. No green has grown since.
Most pictures we see and most news we hear of Africa will depict its people as HIV/Aids infected, gun totting, war mongering and worse yet, so poor that kids with bellies full of tape worms and flies around their heads becomes a norm. Something we imagine to be true in all parts of the great continent. Expect in the South region, known as South Africa, where beautiful people like Charlize Theron emerge from, and where Nelson Mandela is King, figuratively.
Let’s go back to the rest. Nigeria, Uganda, Congo.
Can we imagine another Africa? Where kids play basketball? Where youth is organizing? Mobilizing? Learning the art of spitting rhyme, and breaking free flows? Can we imagine an Africa where Tupac is being discovered and where Jay-Z builds Water for Life campaigns? Can we, as Americans, imagine an Africa that although poor in economics, is rich in culture, heritage and spirit? An Africa where Hip Hop is being introduced and used as a means to make change?
Because if you can’t, you would be mistaken. Check out this video:
The Ugandan Hip Hop Movement is real. The documentary “Diamonds in the Rough” is real. I had the honor of meeting and interviewing Silas, a brilliant young man and artist from the film and the director of the documentary, Brett Mazurek on my show recently. Not only was I impressed with them as individuals, but I was impressed by their knowledge, passion and devotion to their project.
What many people don’t understand is, is the universal language that Hip Hop is.
Hip Hop originated as a means for people to express their angst, frustrations, dreams and ideas of love, life, and death in words and music they understood. It was a way to use art and melody to talk about issues that impacted them, their communities and their families.
Naz, like many other artists have said that Hip Hop is dead; that Hip Hop has sold out to the highest bidder and no longer shares the ideas of the common man, trapped in the system that mean to suffocate him. And while that, on so many levels can be true, Hip Hop, continues to evolve and reach new ears everyday.
The Luga Flow is new to the world, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be understood, waiting for a new star to shine.
In a country that is often depicted as a 3rd world, there is a music revolution taking place amongst the youth yearning to be heard.
Check out the documentary. Support the power of music, the power of change, the power of language, and the power of Hip Hop.
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