Language Choice and Hip Hop in Tanzania and Malawi

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Published by Routledge in Popular Music and Society, volume 24 issue 3, p. 73-93, 2000. Bryant users may access this article here.

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Popular Music and Society


Examines the language choices made by Tanzanian and Malawian hip hop enthusiasts and artists. Factors that led to the separation in the use of English and Swahili language; History of rap music in Tanzania; Discussion of the youth's involvement with rap in Malawi; Analysis of the messages within the content of rap lyrics.