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1Xtra in Africa

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Message 1 - posted by Minty_1Xtra (U814900) , Jun 30, 2005

Yes people!

Just to let you know that 1Xtra will be broadcasting shows live from Kenya, Ghana and South Africa in July.

Your boys Rodney P and Skitz will be bringing you the hot ish live from Johannesburg, looking at the African hip hop scene and the effect of international hip hop.

We'll be exploring what's big Africa and getting interviews and photos of all the big artists.

So have you ever been to Africa? Did you know that hip hop is massive there? What does Africa mean to you?

Holla back...
       

Message 2 - posted by GMiles (U1231019) , Jun 30, 2005

Yeah, I know especially hip hop is big in South Africa!

I've been there and through their TV seen what they had in terms of hip hop! Real original stuff! They also had a lot of "it's our own slant of hip hop and we better than the US" thing going on...hmmm reminds me of certain discussions on here!!
Unfortunatley, i didn't buy any then. Except for Brenda Fassie!

I can't wait till this is broadcast on 1xtra.

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Message 3 - posted by Turbo (U1664207) , Jun 30, 2005

Yeah, i often visit and basically the biggest artists in Africa at the moment is 50 cent, Jay Z and suprisingly still Public Enemy, You see young teenagers walking about with 'Gorrila Unit' T-shirts, they do seem to prefer the more commercial stuff due to the fact that they cannot really access the more underground tunes, something which i assume 1extra is going to try and do.

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Message 4 - posted by Minty_1Xtra (U814900) , Jun 30, 2005

Cool guys,

we'll be launching an Africa minisite featuring breakdowns of African music and a broadcast schedule so you won't miss any shows. It will go up on Monday but I'll remind you...

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Message 5 - posted by Minty_1Xtra (U814900) , Jul 4, 2005

Hey people,

We're broadcasting shows from Kenya, Ghana and South Africa in July.
check out the schedule and more at 1xtra's Africa minisite: www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/...

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Message 6 - posted by Visitant (U909056) , Jul 4, 2005

I've heard good things about African hiphop, and props to the bbc for their exposure of it in their recent Africa season.

HOWEVERRRRRRR,

This Black Music station has a duty to report on African music at large, surely?

I'm sorry Minty, seems every time you post I have something negative to say about it. I think it must my a psychological thing, y'know knee-jerk distrust of authority figures.

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Message 7 - posted by xtra-informative (U1688447) , Jul 5, 2005

I went to Ghana last year for Christmas and the New Year...and it was great!

We tend to have a lot of preconceptions here in the UK about Africa. Many would be suprised at what they find.

When I was there every corner you could hear bashment (ragga/reggae) playing. They have lots of radio stations with DJ's playing new US tunes probably just as early as we do here in London!

Ghana also has MTV Base...(oops <yikes> can i mention them on here???) Further more the whole of Africa has the station and it's free just like Ireland!!!!!

New Years day they have a carnival just like Trinidad/Notting Hill..with da big costumes en all..and when I tell you..OSU - think London's West End..was like incredible.. rnb, hip-hop, hip-life, bashment..it was all pumping throughout the street.

The whole hip-hop culture has exploded across Ghana..the guys and girls all wearing their US threads..BabyPhat, Rocawear and the rest...

You need to see it for yourself..go for XMAS <cool> 05 and experience raving the Ghanaian way..coz i'm definately doing that!!!

Oh and check out...V.I.P - Vision In Progress, those guys are blazing! <loveblush>

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Message 8 - posted by Minty_1Xtra (U814900) , Jul 12, 2005

Hi Visitant,

your message made me giggle, you're right though of course.

We do have a dedicated African show presented by DJ Edu, Destination Africa Wed midnight till 2am, or of course you can listen again: www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/...

Check it out if you can and let me know what ya think.

Minty.

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Message 9 - posted by Minty_1Xtra (U814900) , Jul 12, 2005

Gold Coast Cutie thanks for that insight, Iyare from the early brekfast show is going to Ghana so I'm sure he'll come back chatting along the same lines. Ghana sounds heavy!

I'm off to Kenya and Johannesburg next week so keep it locked for photos and music from the motherland ;0)

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Message 10 - posted by Soulstar (U901969) , Jul 12, 2005

definitely going to listen to Iyare's show. Ghana doesn't sound heavy, it is heavy!

Ghana has its own form of hip-hop called hip-life so it's not just american artists that they listen to. Maybe you'll get to know if Iyare's plays any tracks or listen to DJ Edu.

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Message 11 - posted by xtra-informative (U1688447) , Jul 12, 2005

No problem..Minty...beleive me when I say Iyare will LOVE the Gold Coast...and Hip-Life...he needs to check out 'Nature & Agony' another Hip-Life collective...from Ghana!

Enjoy Kenya..and Johannesburg...i've seen a few documentaries on Jo' hip-hop scene..looks pretty live! Safe journey and all dat good stuff..i'll be tuned in!!

Big up 'Soulstar'..i'm sensing that Ghanaian link!?! LOL!

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Message 12 - posted by obifromsouthlondon (U1696755) , Jul 12, 2005

Iyare's off to Ghana yeah? He need to check these two hip hop tunes.

WanLov 'In Ghana'
Ambassadoz 'Kumasi'

u can stream/download the two tunes (and other african hip hop) at webjay.org/by/chrome.... upload ur IPOD for the trip breddah.

boy Ras Kwame's Ghana show on Radio One was crazy. big up.

holla back Minty

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Message 13 - posted by Soulstar (U901969) , Jul 13, 2005

chale, you know!!!!

got one piece of advice for Iyare though. Don't go with Ghana Airways otherwise you'll probably end up flying a week after you're meant to be in Ghana and don't even think about coming back on time. You heard about black people's time, well Ghana Airways time is on a whole different level!!
No problem..Minty...beleive me when I say Iyare will LOVE the Gold Coast...and Hip-Life...he needs to check out 'Nature & Agony' another Hip-Life collective...from Ghana!

Enjoy Kenya..and Johannesburg...i've seen a few documentaries on Jo' hip-hop scene..looks pretty live! Safe journey and all dat good stuff..i'll be tuned in!!

Big up 'Soulstar'..i'm sensing that Ghanaian link!?! LOL!

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Message 14 - posted by GMiles (U1231019) , Jul 13, 2005

Fly Ethiopian!!

For the hospitality, food, service, punctuality, safety and the beautiful hostesses ;-)!!!!!!!!!

You might have to pass Addis though! Quite a route if you're going to Ghana from Heathrow!

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Message 15 - posted by xtra-informative (U1688447) , Jul 13, 2005

Lol..Chale! you know...forget Greenwich Meantime...its Ghana Meantime...and as for Ghana Airways it worries me how much luggage ghanaians take..actually black people in general...you'd think that every single passenger was migrating!!!

If your going on Fly Jet..you best have a personal DVD player or sumthin'..for entertainment...I used that airline (I hear they went bust, but are on the up again)and there was only one tv..and it was broke...the joke is whiles in Ghana I saw a friend of mine from London..and he too got the plane with da broke..tv!!!!!

Newaayz Iyare..like I said before you'll Love it..its all part of the treasured memories you'll have!

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Message 16 - posted by So_BlesseD (U1722607) , Jul 20, 2005

How refreshing to see the lighter and brighter side of Africa put before us. Much Thanx 1Xtra!! With all the recent talks surrounding poverty and AIDS, im glad that you have have shown the initiative to bring us music and a small insight into a different aspect of African Lifestyle. My time and understanding of Africa is that West North East and South are united in the love of musical expression and dance. Its fanatstic to be able to see parts of your journey through your pics in Kenya, always good to see a little bit of home..no doubt!

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Message 17 - posted by IMTHERZA (U1729743) , Jul 22, 2005

Huge thanks to 1Xtra for taking this initiative to promote African urban music!!

I am living in the small west African country of The Gambia and was thrilled to hear Rodney P's documentary on music in Sierra Leone. Daddy Saj is huge here as well and his hit 'Corruption' is a mainstay on local radio stations.

Unfortunately, for the most part, African music only seems to get play on the 'world music' circuit and frequently features the same artists i.e. Youssou Ndour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Angelique Kidjo etc etc. Not to take away from their brilliance, but I feel that its time that the other types of african music (hip hop, reggae bashment, kwaito etc) gets some play. Especially given that there is some fantastic stuff around. I hope that 1xtra's programming will make this happen and will introduce people to a new side of african music.

Before I sign off, thanks to DJ Edu for your show and thanks to 1xtra. Listening online has kept me in touch with what's going on in urban music around the world while living in a place where access to music is not always easy....

To the 1xtra staff that are lucky enough to be on the African tour...enjoy....I'm am sure for many of you it will be a life changing experience..



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