Msia Kibona Clark

Msia Kibona Clark is an assistant professor in the Department of African Studies at Howard University. She has been writing about and photographing African hip-hop culture since 2009.

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Hip-Hop in Africa · Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers
By Msia Kibona Clark · Foreword by Quentin Williams · Afterword by Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Throughout Africa, artists use hip-hop both to describe their lives and to create shared spaces for uncensored social commentary, feminist challenges to patriarchy, and resistance against state institutions, while at the same time engaging with the global hip-hop community. In Hip-Hop in Africa, Msia Kibona Clark examines some of Africa’s biggest hip-hop scenes and shows how hip-hop helps us understand specifically African narratives of social, political, and economic realities.

“This is a very important [study]. To say that I learned a lot about the artists and their music … and the intricacies of hip hop music and culture would be an understatement; I came away having totally enhanced my own pop culture credibility. I have heard Msia Clark speak to her work, and she brings to the story of today’s hip-hop storytellers the passion of the historian who must give voice to a phenomenon, a movement, a future that we must recognize and appreciate.”

From the afterword by Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana