‘On The Peace Treaty That Birthed Hip Hop’
“I just had to return and work with these guys again to close out this new project”’ says Chad Harper. Their energy and vibe is true Hip Hop culture. They do it for the love of the art and the love for their people. Hip Hop music has made a lot of people rich in the States, so many people there just see it as a way to make money. But its original purpose was to save lives, transform communities and the minds of youth from violent gang and street activities to creative and peaceful expressions.
They later introduced Chad Harper to a male/female rap duo that goes by the name SoulMate Music. They not only rhyme together but also are engaged to marry. “It was very inspiring to see a couple have the same love and passion for Hip Hop”, says Chad. “The way they rhymed together representing both energies seemed so natural” says Chad Harper wondered why he had never seen this before in the States. On December 10th 2017 the four artists met up at Angaza Msani music studio in Jerusalem Estate within Eastlands neighborhood of Nairobi. Two other artists Chox and Patoh Njuguna joined to record the final song of the project about the birth of Hip Hop. Kashule is a great engineer who knows how to bring the best out of an artist. Each wrote a part of the story that took place back in the South Bronx of New York City. The story ends with 42 gangs agreeing to a peace treaty on December 8th 1971, initiated by a gang named The Ghetto Brothers. In order to maintain the treaty, they asked all the gangs to come to the park and party together every Friday and Saturday night. As the parties took place, the streets became safer and the word spread through out the community. The parties quickly gained popularity and gang activity reduced immensely. Former gang members now battled through dance and rhymes and the worldwide culture of Hip Hop was born!
Songs come from artists in Brooklyn (US), Nairobi (Kenya), Berlin (Germany), Trenchtown (Jamaica), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Michigan (US), Birmingham (UK), Port au Prince (Haiti) and Toronto (Canada)
Source – Africa.com