Rap is a form of artistic self-expression. Some of the early rap songs focused on black struggle for equality and freedom in North America – in that, rap has served as a powerful medium for social, economic and political grievances of black America.
Among the Oromo youth, rapping has also been used to express the struggle to end the social, economic and political oppression of the Oromo people as well as to sing about love, relationships and others. Ogina, the Oromo Arts Webzine in Diaspora, featured Oromo Hip-Hop in its Fall 2008 issue (please read Ogina for further details on the background of Oromo Hip-Hop.)
Here on GadaaTube.com, we’ll feature rap songs by Oromo artists in a channel called “Gadaa.com RAPS.” If you are an Oromo rapper or a spoken word artist (or aspiring to be one), send us your video link at Contact@Gadaa.com or submit it through Gadaa.com/Contact with a brief bio.
We introduce the new channel, Gadaa.com RAPS, with Lencho Abdishakur’s video.