Arnoldo Talisman and Shockin’ Nigerian Hip-Hop

Dave Winer is lamenting that it’s not too easy to find cheap/free firewood nearby.  He makes some great points.  Eric Schmidt of Google says it right; we are still in the infancy of this technology.

But it’s getting better every day.  For years, I have been trying to locate information on UGO, a Nigerian rapper who made waves in Detroit around the same time that Eminem was coming up.  Now, he’s on the Internets!  The song I remember is “Earthquakin’ Afrikan MC”, but all of them are good.  He’s kind of like a mix between X-Clan and Will Smith — sort of like Hieroglyphics but way better.

UGO reminds me of Dare’s old rap partner, Big Lo.  It’s great when we can see music videos from all around the world.  Kimberly at Bix says, “you can do a music video in like, 3 minutes”.  The barriers come crashing down.

But we have a long way to go.  The other day, I was at a party where the VJ played some videos from Cuba.  One very cool one, “Ay, Juana!” by Arnoldo Talisman struck me.  Good luck finding it on the Internets.  If you find it, please let me know 🙂



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