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Thursday, February 15, 2007

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.
Cambridge, MA

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 (

X-Plastaz - Msimu kwa msimu

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