AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The Narcicyst salutes Egyptian life

The Narcicyst, an Iraqi hip hop artist (and scholar!) based in Canada, released this video in honour of the one-year anniversary of #Jan25. Most of the scenes are from around Cairo, though it does dip outside of the city into Nile farming country and what could even be a few shots of the Mediterranean in Alexandria.

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The Narcicyst

Live performance in Rennes, France, by the Dubai-born, Iraqi-Canadian rap MC, who is now a solo performer but for a while fronted the hip hop band, Euphrates. It is worth your 50 minutes. (BTW, Narcicyst...

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

Five for the weekend. First up, via AfriPOP!, Nomsa Mazwai’s new video for her song ‘Nguwe.’ (The video comes with a translation.) Then, Vox Sambou (below) and The Narcicyst tell how they read ‘Article 14′ and its relation...

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

M.I.A’s Bad Girls

I’m feeling a little puzzled by M.I.A’s video for Bad Girls (which originally appeared on her Vicky Leekx mixtape). In what I suppose is intended to be edgy imagery, M.I.A gyrates in the midst of ‘veiled’ women...

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Hip Hop and the “Arab Spring”

From “Hip Hop & Diaspora: Connecting the Arab Spring” by Lara Dotson-Renta over at the Arab Media & Society online journal: The diasporic connections visible in the hip-hop of the Arab Spring, and the many possibilities for...

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Music Break

Video for “Hamdulillah” by Narcicyst featuring Shadia Mansour. The video “… is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers- from London to Lebanon, Cairo To Canada, Abu Dhabi to America- to create a portrait of the New...