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by World Music Network November 21, 2011


New African Hip Hop: X Plastaz Video

Tanzanian hip hop group X Plastaz recently launched their new video and single ‘Africa’. The highly anticipated song features the vocals of Fid Q, one of Tanzania’s most respected hip hop artists, and legendary producer/vocalist Bamba Nazar (aka Dj Threesixtyfrom African hip hop radio).  The message in the song is about the need for peace and unity in the continent of Africa.

Just like in their video to ‘Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki’ (the most viewed East African hip hop video on Youtube with close to a million views), this one shows the natural heritage of their homeland, in sharp contrast with the lyrics which criticize the way people treat their next of kin. ‘Africa’ was shot in different parts of Tanzania: Unguja (Zanzibar), the island off the Tanzanian coast, and Arusha, the city where X Plastaz live. Highlights include a scene shot around an uninhabited island off the East African coast, another part recorded inside the remote ruins of a palace built by the daughter of Zanzibar’s sultan in the 1800′s, and Arusha’s Maasai market.