What first appealed to me about hip-hop is its universality—that despite being born out of a specific time and place … Continue reading What Does Hip-Hop Mean to You?
Gabriel Rasenyai is a Motswana artist with as many names as he has personas. Most of the time he goes … Continue reading Quaint, Battle Rap, and the Revival of Old School
The first thing you notice about Old Naledi, a neighborhood in Gaborone, is the sheer number of children. Everywhere you … Continue reading Arts for Change, Part II: Creative Arts Workshops in Old Naledi
Of the four elements of hip-hop, two—emceeing and deejaying—are far more prevalent in Gaborone than the others—namely, breakdancing and graffiti. … Continue reading Arts for Change: Color in Naledi
Tlokweng is a sandy town populated mostly by cattle, on the southeastern outskirts of Gaborone, along the border with South … Continue reading A Few Days at XLT Studios
When I first came to Botswana in 2008, I felt like poetry was everywhere. You just had to reach up … Continue reading Poetry in Botswana
It does not take long to see why Gaborone-based hip-hop artist Apollo Diablo is known as “the Mayor of the … Continue reading Apollo Diablo, ‘The Mayor of the City’