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Inventing East African Hip-Hop: Youth and Musical Convergence in East Africa

The term hip-hop refers to the musical and cultural genre that was developed predominantly by African Americans and Latinos (especially those of Puerto Rican heritage) in the 1970s.1 Since then, hip-hop has grown to encompass not just rapping but an entire lifestyle that includes diverse elements of ethnicity, technology, art and urban life. Fundamental elements of hip-hop include dance, urban-inspired art such as graffi ti, DJing, MCing and fashion.