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Maasai Hip Hop

X PlastazAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Out Here Records
  • ASIN: B0002T1EFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Only a little music has found its way out of East Africa in the past years. Almost unnoticed from the rest of the world a new generation of musicians has created its own style. Their mix of hip hop with local melodies and Swahili lyrics, sometimes called Bongo Flava, has quickly become East Africa's number one selling pop music, rocking the airwaves through newly formed private radio stations in and around Tanzania. X Plastaz and their album Maasai Hip Hop set out to introduce their version of this new Tanzanian sound to the rest of the world. X Plastaz have taken the Bronx-invented hip-hop culture into their homes in Arusha ("A-Town"), a city in northern Tanzania. They have created a unique style that brings together local Maasai a cappella chants with rapping in Swahili and Haya languages. Although the Maasai people have become an internationally known symbol of rural lifestyle, in Tanzania they are often seen as backward and not fitting into modern urban society. X Plastaz proved that Tanzania's cultural heritage can be meaningful beyond the village level.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great African Hip-hop November 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Despite how many Hip-hop groups exist in Africa, very few are distributed in the US. This release has a wonderful sound: melodic, sing-songy and very engaging. The female vocals add a very nice dimension to the sound. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 13, 2011
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Great album. It's got everything hiphop should be, plus some. On this album, X Plastaz is fantastically raw without losing their sense of ability and structure. They've got fantastic back and forth-style wordplay, and it doesn't matter if you don't know what they're saying because it's done with so much style and energy. One of the best things about X Plastaz is how comfortable they seem in their own style. Truly representing their origins, X Plastaz uses more traditional African musical elements than most hip-hop groups in Africa, yet they execute old-school American hip-hop in its rawest form more precisely than anyone other African group I know (any American group, probably). A truly monumental force of a record that is sure to become a classic, underground or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maasai Hip Hop July 30, 2007
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This CD is brill. The combination of Maasai song mixed in with hip hop gives this CD a fresh sound, that is both funky and very addictive.
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