Hip Hop in Africa

Social Change, Gender, and Language through Hip Hop in Africa
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Rating: 5.0 out of 5 (4 ratings)
340 students
50min of on-demand video
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Understand how hip hop culture is being used as both a tool of change & social critique.
Use hip hop to help students understand major issues hip hop culture & artists address in Africa.
Help students draw the connections between their own experiences and those of youth in Africa.
Provide a lens for teaching about contemporary Africa.


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This is the Hip Hop in Africa online course created by the Center for African Studies at Howard University as a resource for educators.

The course is designed to introduce students to contemporary African culture, using the lens of hip hop. Hip hop is a major cultural force throughout urban Africa, and the music is a great tool for understanding the social issues and cultural environments impacting African youth today. Through hip hop culture, African artists provide rich and diverse narratives of contemporary Africa. This course is designed to accommodate various levels of familiarity with Africa and provides access to content at various levels of difficulty.

This online course, Hip Hop in Africa, is a self-paced online course in which participants will be able to access all of the course materials at once upon signing up for the course. While participants are advised to complete module one first, they will be able to access and complete the modules according to their specific interests and needs. Each module contains links to important readings, websites, and audio/visual material that will be helpful for educators, as well as material that will provide information for the students on the respective topic. These readings, assigned videos, and lectures can be read and watched at your own pace.

Each module will also offer suggested lesson plans for educators to incorporate the topics in their classroom.

Each module takes up to 1 week to complete.

Who this course is for:

  • Educators
  • Artists
  • African Studies students
  • Students of hip hop


African Studies Professor
Msia Kibona Clark
  • 5.0 Instructor Rating
  • 4 Reviews
  • 340 Students
  • 1 Course

Dr. Msia Kibona Clark is an Associate Professor of African cultural & feminist studies in the Department of African Studies at Howard University. Her work focuses on representations of Pan Africanism, African feminism, and African/Diaspora identities in hip hop and popular culture. A Tanzanian feminist activist and scholar, her work also explores African feminism’s role in cyberfeminist spaces. Her scholarship includes the texts Hip-Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City & Dustyfoot Philosophers, Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati, and the forthcoming African Women in Digital Spaces: Redefining Social Movements on the Continent and in the Diaspora. Msia currently teaches Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa, a joint course between George Washington University and Howard University. She is also the creator and producer of the Hip Hop African Blog & Podcast.

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