Blitz the Ambassador. I’d heard the name but didn’t really know his music. Mind you I’ve been on the periphery of Hip Hop music for several years. There are a handful of current artists that I listen to but Hip Hop has lost some steam from the days of my youth … at least for me. I met Buddha Blaze, the event organizer, back in ’08 during my first trip to Nairobi and I’ve since respected his work as an events and community organizer. If there’s hope for Hip Hop I think it’s folks like Blaze who hold the torch. I got a FB invite from Blaze to Blitz’ album release party and headed out to Ebony Lounge on a wednesday night. I did know that Blitz is a Ghanaian/American emcee who’s work is known for its social-political content. Over the course of a couple of hours a comfortable size crowd gathered at the venue. Blitz came through in classical African time and proceeded to rock the mic. I was thoroughly impressed with his stage presence (mind you he was standing on a bar) and his likeable personality. And of course I appreciated experiencing the full circle diaspora of Hip Hop as embodied by an emcee from the continent. For me the show was a beautiful reminder that Hip Hop is alive and well …. and in fact never died.
Check out Blitz’ new album DIASPORADICAL available on itunes soon.
Ebony Lounge Westlands Road, Nairobi www.ebonyloungenairobi.co.ke