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Africa mixtape: Kenya’s socially conscious rap

The Africa Mixtape is an ongoing collection of songs handpicked by SIT Study Abroad students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Today’s post is by Becca Wolinsky, an alumna of SIT Study Abroad Kenya. Currently, Becca is working at UP Education Network in Boston, MA, helping teachers get certified. She is an aspiring physician, and in August she will begin a pre-med postbac program at Bryn Mawr College. In the spring of 2013, I studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya, with SIT.  The four months I spent there were the happiest months I’ve ever had. While in Nairobi, I had the privilege of being placed in a host family with Otto Stefan, aka Ottomatic, a rap artist in Nairobi. Ottomatic writes socially conscious rap in Swahili, English, and Sheng (a mixture of Swahili, English, and words from other languages). He is very passionate … Continue reading

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Africa mixtape: countering oppression with hip-hop in Tanzania

The Africa Mixtape is an ongoing collection of songs handpicked by SIT Study Abroad students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Today’s contribution is by Clara Moore, a University of Colorado-Boulder student and alumna of SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology. While studying abroad in Tanzania this past fall, I had the opportunity to study music and meet some incredibly inspiring musicians throughout my time there. One of the most popular types of music for the younger generation is hip-hop. According to the Tanzanian artist Chaba, hip-hop has long been an elevating form of expression and a creative and revolutionary counterforce to all forms of oppression. In the early 1990s, the genre became immensely popular around the same time as the beginning of a multi-party democracy in 1992, and later the introduction of commercial radio stations in Tanzania in 1994. Tanzanian … Continue reading

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Africa mixtape: Ghana Highlife

The Africa Mixtape is an ongoing collection of songs handpicked by SIT Study Abroad students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Today’s contribution is from Ben Cohn, an alumnus of SIT Study Abroad Madagascar: Urbanization and Rural Development. I was recently awarded a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship to study Ghana’s rich musical culture and traditions and to work with local educators to help more children exercise their musical voice. I do not play any instruments, nor can I sing, though I have always fostered a deep passion for music and fully believe in its strength as an agent of change. I’m seeking to find the spaces in which Ghana’s politics, economics, and social structure intertwine, reflect, and shape the music being produced. Working with Dr. John Collins, one of Ghana’s premier music scholars and SIT Ghana lecturer, I’d like to take it back to … Continue reading

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Angolan NGO Prazedor to Implement Presidential Malaria Initiative in Huíla Province

by Fern Teodoro, World Learning country director, Angola The NGO Prazedor was established more than a decade ago by Angolans in Lubango, the capital city of the vast Huíla province in the highlands of Angola. During the civil war that ended in 2002, large parts of the region were inaccessible, but with the advent of peace and improvements in transportation and communication, Prazedor and other organizations were able to begin operating on a provincial scale.  Prazedor has since become a trusted actor in local public health, particularly around HIV/AIDS and malaria.  It was one of the first Angolan NGOs to seriously address the looming threat posed by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Among its effective interventions was an HIV public education project targeting sex workers and the truck drivers that were their clients. After years of working with communities throughout the province, … Continue reading

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SCOPSO Helps Students Shine

Tekalegn Haile dreamed of playing soccer with the other students at school. However, the 10 year old didn’t feel accepted by his peers because his family could not afford school uniforms, workbooks, and other classroom supplies. “I rarely had the opportunity to play football [soccer] with the others,” Tekalegn said. “I could only touch the ball when it was kicked out of the playing field. Even just touching the ball and giving it back to the players was like winning the lottery to me!” Tekalegn attends Ras Tesema primary school in Bedele, Ethiopia. An orphan who lives with his aunt, Tekalegn used to be a problem student with poor grades and frequent absences. He had to take on a lot of responsibility at home to help his family, which left little time to do homework, prepare for exams, or even … Continue reading

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