Translating Hip Hop

Translating Hip Hop

10 November 11 - 12 November 11

Originally derided as “Black Noise”, Hip Hop has spread around the globe in the last 30 years. The various dimensions of this energy-laden form of culture are practiced all over the world: Rap, DJ-ing, Breakdance, Graffiti. The body language and gestures are understood almost ubiquitously and translations can pass unnoticed. This common “language” has given rise to a virtual “Hip Hop nation”. At the same time, local scenes have developed completely different styles, slangs and codes, which in turn require translation. This is where Translating Hip Hop comes in: it celebrates Hip Hop and translation in the same measure. MCs from Bogotá, Beirut, Nairobi, Berlin and Manila have been working together on Rap translations into their respective languages since February 2011, taking part, among other things, in workshops in all four cities. In two concert evenings during the festival, they present their Babylonian performances. The congress brings together international artists, activists, and Hip Hop experts for a series of performances, lectures, talks and films.

http://hkw.de/en/programm/2011/translating_hip_hop/projekt_detail_53871.php

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