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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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Octopizzo is a hip hop artist from Kibera, on of the largest slums in Africa and the Founder of the C.B.O. and youth group Y.G.B. (Young, Gifted, and Black), consisting of talented rappers, poets, graffiti artists, graphic artists, and dancers. At a very young age Octopizzo was first and foremost shaped by his life in Kibera, but was musically influenced by artists such as Chino XL, KRS-One, Diabolic, EPMD, CL Smooth and Supernatural. He has won various freestyle competitions in Kenya and shared the stage with international artists such as Dead Prez (U.S.A.), Blak Twang (U.K.), Malikah (Lebanon), Anne Khan (Germany) and many more. Octopizzo has recorded 3 mix-tapes: S.O.N. (Stragglers of Nairobi), Y.G.B. (Young Gifted and Black), and The White Shadow. In 2008 S.O.N. was the best selling mixtape in Kenyan hip hop history. His album Chocolate City is soon due for release.

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Octopizzo & TEN CITIES
Octopizzo participated in the fourth TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration, which took the renowned Portugese producers Batida and Octa Push from Lisbon to Nairobi in April 2013. Further participants from Nairobi were Just A Band, Camp Mulla, DJ Raph and an extended circle of musicians from Kenya. The Kenya phase was curated and facilitated by Just A Band's Bill Sellanga together with Berlin based musician Oren Gerlitz (Jahcoozi).

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