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The Hip Hop Culture in Kenya

So you think you can Rap?

That was the question encrypted as the headline to a poster for a new urban corporate Hip hop event. It caught my eye as I scrolled an article by Boniface Mwangi on Pawa 254’s Facebook page, a local based International N.G.O art hub along Statehouse Avenue in Nairobi uptown CBD.

On entering, the mood was lit with energy and hype but the conscious part of my brain sort of filtered all of it as I got struck and stuck on the colorful opulence of the venue’s well laid graffiti around the walls.

Portraits of great world leaders on the walls brought about a spirit of belonging but one of the great Muhammad Ali stood out from the rest. The atmosphere serene with an amazing rear view of Nairobi’s skyscrapers and fine- tuned music that fans were jamming to.

I noticed quite a number of officially dressed men with loosened ties but hip hop, having originated from the streets, the young lads representing their hoods could not be ignored in the crowd. The crowd was energetic giving rounds of cheers, snaps and standing ovations to the performers as they claimed more whenever certain artists exited the stage.

Oh and did I mention there was coffee and pastries for free!! This coupled up with zero charges for entrance.

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This event is about celebrating the hip hop culture and art. It is about having a good time and bringing back as well as merging the good old underground hip hop with the new hip hop culture. It is a good place and crowd that allows you to read past the misinterpreted hip hop culture.

The revolutionary artist Sharon Alai a.k.a Mc Sharon crowned the ending with an astounding performance.

@masakumakau, Tabernacle Pictures

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