#Kony2012 is a Mixtape

It’s been interesting to see how Kony 2012 went from being a viral campaign (the biggest in history?) to an internet meme, to a self-fulfilling parody. And now it’s an experimental Afro-glitch album by someone only known as Jose Ph. Kony. While the beats are pretty decent, one can’t tell if this is purely an opportunistic release or meaningful satire. Cleverly sampling audio from the Kony 2012 campaign video as well as a critical Al Jazeera report, and track titles such as “Lowest common denominator activism and necro-politics”, do suggest some kind of critical engagement. Nothing too heavy though. Listen to ‘Kony 2013’ here.

Dylan Valley

Dylan Valley is an editorial board member of Africa is a Country. He is a filmmaker and is on the television studies faculty of Wits University in Johannesburg.

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