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Whatever happened to the thriving African Hip Hop Blog ( 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 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.