Singing in the Shadow of AIDS
Extended Music
Malawi | Tanzania | Kenya | Uganda

Part of Document Tanzania: Hip Hop Warriors
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X Plastaz
X Plastaz takes its name from plasters, or bandages, and claims that their music is the bandage for x, the unknown ills of society. Their beats and rhymes are grounded in the the dynamic Tanzanian experience -- urban and pastoral lives, traditional chanting and modern poetry.

From the album "Maasai hip hop" (All tracks in mp3)
1. Dunia dudumizi Audio Listen
2. Msimu kwa msimu Audio Listen
3. Wachaga piga chata Audio Listen
4. Ushanta Audio Listen
5. Kutesa kwa zamu Audio Listen
6. Aha! Audio Listen
7. Kusanyikeni Audio Listen
8. Haleluya Audio Listen
9. Not ready Audio Listen
10. Bamiza Audio Listen
11. Kitita Audio Listen
12. Shika lako Audio Listen
13. Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki Audio Listen

Aang Serian Peace Village Studios
While promoting indigenous culture through village tours, fair trade and the sponsorship of a secondary school in a Maasai village, Aang Serian ("House of Peace") also manages a hip hop studio in Arusha. A community of MCs, including members of X Plastaz, are currently recording an album on health issues. These are some of their first studio recordings. (All tracks in mp3)

Elimika Audio Listen
Atukupenda Audio Listen
Track 3 (Untitled)Audio Listen
Track 4 (Untitled)Audio Listen

Maasai recordings
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Chanting is an integral part of ritual and ceremony in Maasai culture. Here, youth celebrate the opening of the Aang Serian-sponsored secondary school. This recording was made by handing a microphone to one of the warriors and having him jump into the middle of the chanting circle.