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    PLAYLIST series 2, episode 5 - part 1

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    PLAYLIST encounters hiplife the music of modern Ghana touring the clubs of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to meet the masters and rising stars of western-Africas latest fusion sensation. Hip hop is assumed to be an American invention. But African artists and MCs will argue that the history of hip hop belongs to them. They say it is traceable back to rhythms, instruments and drums indigenous to Africa, and has been thriving since the early 1990s, when musicians fused traditional Ghanaian high-life music jazzy horns and guitars with hip hop beats and flowing rap lyrics, and hiplife was born. We talk to Reggie Rockstone about this exciting sound.