This presentation sketches aspects of lusophone hip hop in Lisbon over the last twenty years. Roughly coinciding with the foundation of RDP and RTP África, dedicated to Portuguese emission to lusophone Africa, and the foundation of the CPLP, the 1990s were age of transformation for a generation of urban, hip hop influenced musicians, often the offspring of migrants from lusophone African countries. Apparently reconciling incipient notions of lusofonia and new multiculturalism, the Portuguese rap movement launched compilations such as Rapública (1994) and Tejo Beat (1998), and participated in the documentary Lusofonia, a (R)evolução (2006). Shortly discussing recent festivals, celebrative events and phonograms, I argue that this course of events inspired rappers not only to collaborate across borders, but also to integrate references to traditional lusophone musics in their work.
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Conferência Internacional Canção de Protesto e Mudança Social - FCSH/NOVA, Lisboa, Portugal|
Duration: 15 Jun 2016 → 17 Jun 2016
|Conference||Conferência Internacional Canção de Protesto e Mudança Social|
|Period||15/06/16 → 17/06/16|
- Lusophone Hip Hop
- African countries
- Portuguese rap
- traditional lusophone musics
Vanspauwen, B. (2016). From the Portuguese Rapública to CPLP’s transnationalism: Lusophone hip hop from Lisbon (1994-2015). Paper presented at Conferência Internacional Canção de Protesto e Mudança Social, Lisboa, Portugal.