Tanzania stand up
Bostonians, take heed:
Dar es Salaam is just under 8,000 miles from the South Bronx, birthplace of hip-hop, but don't tell that to Tanzania's burgeoning rap scene.
On Thursday, February 15 at 6 pm, the Harvard Film Archive will screen Hali Halisi (Swahili for "the real situation"), a documentary on Tanzanian hip-hop, emblematic of hip-hop's growth in Africa -- and indeed the world -- as a medium for social change. HIV/AIDS, unemployment, corruption, and democracy are some of the themes cropping up in hip-hop's new global vanguard.
At the screening, meet one of the film's subjects, MC Gsan from acclaimed group X Plastaz, alongside Raja Mohamed Yunus of the Aang Serican Peace Village.
If you can't make the screening -- or even if you can -- come by the following day, Friday, February 15, as the two will host a workshop on how Tanzanian youth are addressing pressing social issues via hip-hop.
Hali Halisi Workshop
at The Harvard Advocate
21 South St.
Friday, February 16
12 Noon - 1 PM
Presented by the African Hip-Hop Research Project at Cultural Agents, in collaboration with the Committee on African Studies.
Workshop co-sponsored by The Harvard Advocate and The Darker Side (WHRB)
Questions? Contact Lidet Tilahun (firstname.lastname@example.org).
X-Plastaz - Msimu kwa msimu