In May 2012 the OpenForum took place in Cape Town, South Africa. The gathering brought together activists, artists, academics, policy-makers and business people to discuss the factors that will influence the African continent over the next decade. Leading up to the OpenForum, our partner website This Is Africa organized radio debates with Bush Radio in Cape Town, Ghetto Radio in Nairobi, XFM and YFM in Accra around the themes of the Forum. Altogether, 12 guests representing community based youth projects, media, literary publications and musical groups exchanged thoughts about the promises and challenges of democracy in Africa.
The Cape Town debate was hosted by SA hip hop legend Shamiel X and Bassie Montewa, the Bush Radio presenter who’s a legend in the field of talk radio in the Cape. The panel was made up of a diverse group:
Marion Wanza, sports coordinator at the Proudly Manenburg organization
Rebbecca Davis, journalist for Daily Maverick
Rithuli Orleyn, spokesperson for September National Imbizo
Nicolas Kock, lecturer, Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape
Simone Witbooi (Hemel Besem), hip hop artist, social activist, development worker
The recording of the discussion has been re-edited by host Shamiel X into a podcast featuring 19 South African hip hop tracks, most of which are not available anywhere else. Another Africanhiphop.com exclusive!
Listen to podcasts and check out track list here.