BLOGS, ARCHIVES AND DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS

Image by Tseliso Monaheng
Whatever happened to the thriving African Hip Hop Blog (africanhhb.com)? Writer Tseliso Monaheng comments on the demise and rise of the continent’s digital archives…

A once-thriving portal for African hip hop content is no longer around. As of writing, pointing one’s browser to africanhhb.com leads to a landing page which indicates that the site is being upgraded. Direct links to articles no longer resolve; the all-too-familiar screen indicating that the user’s offline, or that the site doesn’t exist, is all the visitor will get … from Botswana’s Zeus to South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest to Ghana’s Sarkodie and Nigeria’s Ice Prince; this content will never again be accessible.

This is part of a commentary, by Tseliso Monaheng, which was published in partnership with Let’s Be Brief in October 2019.