FOR years, Diafrix practised in garages and at small gigs, pioneering an African approach to Australian hip-hop. Suddenly, they’re everywhere, edging towards mainstream recognition and securing a prized slot at Glastonbury last month.
Coming up fast behind them is a second wave of African-Australian hip-hoppers, mentored by Diafrix and Melbourne hip-hop artist Mantra.
Diafrix’s Khaled Abdulwahad says the reason for their involvement is simple. ”For younger Africans, there are, unfortunately, no role models of black leaders,” he says. ”Usually hip-hop is something that belongs to them – it’s how black people are meant to look in the Western world. But that can be very damaging if they listen to disrespectful hip-hop.
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