Video Evidence: Swahili heard on BET

… And it was not on a program about wildlife.

BET, the American music and reality TV channel is not usually associated with cosmopolitanism, so when the Tanzanian rapper, Gsan (from the legendary crew, XPlastaz), turned up on the BET Hip Hop Awards broadcast rapping in Swahili, I was shocked. As part of the awards show the producers pre-recorded a series of cyphers. Like the one above with DJ Premier (remember him together with Guru?), KRS-One, Wale, Nipsey Hussle and, of course, Gsan.

There he is at 1:31 holding his own.


Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the founder and chief editor of Africa is a Country.

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