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18 Mar 2012

RAPtivism ALBUM Launch with AISHA FUKUSHIMA, 24 March 2012

At one of the Pan African Space Station 2009 studio events I noticed her and thought in my mind, what is wrong with Claire, why does she not greet or does she not recognise me. Then she started rapping with some local rappers and I soon gathered that it was not Claire, but her San Francisco twin sister(from a different mother), Aisha Fukushima. This was during her Cape Town(South African) leg, seeking and researching worldwide connections in rap and hip hop music.

On her global journeys she met and collaborated with many hip hop and rap artists and aptly named her project 'RAPtivism' (rap activism). One of the outcomes of this project is an album titled 'RAPtivism'. The album features collaborations between vocalist/emcee, Aisha Fukushima, and more than 20 leading political hip hop artists she met in her travels throughout North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. The music powerfully resonates with global efforts for consciousness and solidarity against injustice everywhere.

Sample the hit single from the RAPtivism Album: "Believe in Reality" by Aisha Fukushima prod. Ras K'dee here (

The album will be launched Saturday, March 24, 2012, and will be available to download for FREE online! There will also be a RAPtivism Release Party in San Francisco. Please check the raptivism site for download details close to or on 24 March

raptivism (rap activism) is a global hip hop project lead by Aisha Fukushima that highlights the ways in music and culture can actively contribute to universal efforts for freedom and equality by challenging apathy, ignorance and intellectual oppression.

The featured artists on the album include:

AISHA FUKUSHIMA is a singer, educator, writer and selfproclaimed 'RAPtivist' (rap activist). She has lived and engaged in hip hop communities in France, Japan, Morocco, England, South Africa, Senegal, India and Denmark. Leader of a global 'RAPtivism' (rap activism) project, Aisha works to raise awareness around the intersections between hip hop and social justice. Her RAPtivism work has been featured in publications such as Oprah Magazine, The Bangalore Mirror and HYPE : South
Africa's #1 Hip Hop Magazine.

ATAF KHAWAJA debuted in 2005 with hip-hop album album ”Paraderne Nede.” His honest lyrics about being Danish-Pakistani disarmed critics, regardless of background and musical preferences. His classic single, "Butterfly" gave Ataf a massive commercial hit and a nominations for P3 Award, DMA, steppe wolf, Zulu Awards, and also placed the selfproclaimed street captain in the political crossfire on countless news broadcasts. Ataf's music hits the hearts of many—from the ghetto to the political corridors.
Source (translated):

BEEZWAX Music Producer, Audio Engineer and DJ, who grew up in Paris and London and is now a resident of Berlin. His musical influences range from early UK Garage, Drum 'n' Bass, US, French & German Hip Hop to Reggae, Dancehall, Soul & Dubstep.

DJ NOIZE is a two time World DJ Champ (NMS94 - DMC96) and Beatmaker residing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

EXCENTRIK is a Palestinian-American producer, composer and MC from San Francisco, CA. He plays a range of instruments including the Guitar, the Arabi Tabla and the Oud. In 2003, he toured with Iron Sheik and went on to collaborate with artists such as Omar Offendum, Ragtop (The Philistines) and Narcycist (Euphrates) on a collaborative project called the Arab Summit. Excentrik recently released a solo album called“NowHere No Where.”

EMILE YX? is an old skool b-boy based in Cape Town that rhymes to get messages out. He tries to act on what he says by making real his words and not just preaching, but showing the power of the word made real. He is recognized as a forefathers of South African hip hop.
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GENESIS ELIJAH is one of the most respected names in the UK Hip-Hop scene and has been since his emergence in 2005. [...] Over the years, Genesis Elijah has performed all over the world with artists such as KRS One, Wu Tang, Talib Kweli, Souls Of Mischief, Blak Twang, Phi Life Cypher and Jhest, to name a few, and has collaborated with the best in the business.

GLENDORF BROTHERS consist of Rasmus and Mads. Rasmus is a music producer / drummer, working with all genres and styles of music. Mads is the emcee of this duo. Besides writing lyrics and teaching philosopohy at a Copenhagen High School, he is also the rapper of the hip hop-jazz band, DoktorDoktor.

HOOFER (BIZZ2RISK) is a Casablanca-based composer and vocalist for rap/hip-hop/afro-beat band, Bizz2Risk from Casablanca. The group made a name
for itself in the Moroccan contemporary scene after writing the soundtrack of the documentary Casanayda. Their album “Bizz, Risques et Révolution” ('Biz, Risk and Revolution') is a true “underground panorama”

KEUR GUI is a popular West African hip hop group known for their hard hitting lyrics against corruption and bad governance. Their first album was censored in the time of the socialist regime in Senegal, but they refused to give up—eventually becoming recognized as the most committed group of Senegal. Thiat, one half of the dynamic duo, helped launch the Enough is Enough movement, urging youth to end apathy and register for the elections in Senegal.

MAO is a producer, singer and film director born in Senegal and living in Montreuil, France. He composes music for television, advertisement jingles, hip hop and much more! MAO established his own studio in 2006 and works internationally in both Senegal and France.

MASTA FLOW is a rapper at the forefront of the Moroccan hip hop scene. His musical career started in 1997 when he joined VKS, with whom he won the Boulevard of Young
Musicians in 2002. Building on this success, he founded the popular rap group Casa Crew with Chaht Man a year later.

OBSCUR JAFFAR is a poet, musician and sound engineer living in Ouagadougou. His dynamic original style and deep seated passion for promoting hip hop culture make him a
force to be reckoned with.

PIPA FLOW is a producer and sound engineer at 4 My Dogg records in Senegal.

POSITIVE BLACK SOUL (PBS) is a pioneering Senegalese rap group founded in 1989. The group is composed of Didier Awai (alias DJ Awadi) and Amadou Barry (alias Doug E. Tee or Duggy-Tee). Political and social activism have played important roles in the group since it was founded. Their music has also been recognized by international hip hop stars such as MC Solaar. They integrate elements of traditional music into their hip hop beats, and rap in French, English and Wolof.

RAS K'DEE is a Native California (Pomo)/African musician who is the cofounder and director of a Native youth media organization called Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG). He is a renowned lyricist, producer, and lead vocalist/keyboardist for Audiopharmacy. He has most recently finished a selfproduced solo album titled Cloudwriter featuring Aisha Fukushima.

REFUU specializes in producing beats, text writing, mix engineering and coaching. He writes and produces music in almost all genres, but has until now mainly involved with his first love, Hip Hop/ Rap. Refuu debuted as producer with the release of Ataf Khawaja's second album, "Gallery", and has since produced for MFS, Karen Mukupa, Mikkel Solnado and others.
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RESKP (RESKAPE) is a West African rap artist with the mission of serving as the guiding light for his generation towards living a more peaceful, just coexistence. He raps in Wolof, French and English and has been called a breath of fresh air in the Senegalese hip hop scene.

SHIVANI began working with music in West Africa in 2007 where she found hip hop in its purest, most revolutionary form. From then on, supporting activist expression has been top priority. With her work at culture and development based NGO Cobiana Communications and Culture, Shivani manages and supports the hip hop movement
from Guinea BIssau connecting aspiring Bissau Guinean mc's to other movements both in Africa and around the world.

STANZA a Hip-Hop artist from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, UK [...]. moved into recording at the age of 14 leading to her performing locally at festivals and gigs. Gaining recognition from this, she performed 4 years in a row at Rhythm of the World, the largest free festival in Europe at the time. After producing 2 mixtapes and 2
EP’s she began work on her first album with Dead Man Walking, Chapter & Verse.

TAN MATTHEWS writer from Birmingham, UK combines her love of script, hip hop and reggae inflences on her Album 'Show Me The World'. 'Show Me The World' written during her trip to Sweden where she hooked up with jazz inspired producer by Confidence Soulful.

VAKILI lives in Copenhagen, studies political science, is the son of two Iranian parents and has a heart that beats for hip hop. With his indomitable ambition to open people's eyes to tolerance and reason, he utters his words with precision and ease, when he wants to make his message heard. For this is what he wants it to be, and the intense expression of rap is perfect for the task. [...] Vakilism? That must be young and unstoppable energy packed into words that everyone understands.
Source: (vakili documentary)

Respect & R A P t i v i s m

published 17 March 2012


"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk
"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk

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