The Hiphop culture and the production of local scenes in the post-colonial Context of African Portuguese-speaking countries: The case of Angola

“I wish I could say what I think about my country!”, this was the response of an Angolan youth in an essay on race relations in Brazil posted on Facebook. Curious, I asked why that exclamation, and she told me that she didn’t live in a democracy. Knowing that she is an activist of Hiphop culture, I asked again: and the rappers who talk about the country, what happens to them? They’re persecuted and tortured, she said. Still on Angola, in a face to face dialogue with another interlocutor I discovered that elements of the narrative about the history of Hiphop in Angola dialogue with the ideas of war, colonialism, State and nation and a young population’s desire for change. This research aims to investigate, amid the practices of Hiphop culture, youth narratives in the post-colonial context of Angola. Hiphop as a global phenomenon has produced, especially among marginalized communities, local scenes, and the hypothesis of this project is that in Brazil, Portugal and PALOP (African Portuguese-speaking countries) by means of it, regulated discourses in history, everyday reality and new expectations of life are being constructed, which destabilize conventional ideas of nation and dismantle conceptions about Portuguese colonialism. Having as subjects local articulations of Hiphop in Luanda, Angola, the objective of this research is to understand the senses and agencies that are constructed by means of this movement as well as its impact in this building society.

Jaqueline Lima Santos . Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP .

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