Hip Hop Diplomacy represents the intersection of global Hip Hop music and current trends in world politics. This blog aims to be a central location on the web for information and insights into emerging international Hip Hop movements and the sociopolitical contexts in which they exist. The larger Hip Hop Diplomacy project grew out of a concept co-conceived by Joshua Asen and Jennifer Needleman to use Hip Hop music as a cultural diplomacy tool for government, corporate, and non-profit partners to reach young audiences in target regions, such as the Middle East and North Africa. The pilot program, called “I Love Hip Hop in Morocco”, launched the first Hip Hop festival in Morocco in 2005, with a 3-city concert series featuring the leading Moroccan rap and breakdance groups, and became a feature-length documentary film, which has screened at festivals and universities worldwide.

Co-creator Joshua Asen continues to develop Hip Hop Diplomacy programs with various partners in the public and private sector, and can be reached at josh@hiphopdiplomacy.org and followed as @joshasen on Twitter.

  1. Pierre Gueydier
    July 14, 2010 at 5:44 am

    very interessant blog. I lead research about music, soft power and cultural globalisation.
    Have a look on my two blogs (sorry.. in french !)
    Music and soft power
    And about cultural intelligence and diplomacy

    Université catholique de l’Ouest (Angers/France)

  2. December 21, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Bonjour DJ Key – Je suis le directeur artistique de SambaFunk! . une entreprise performante d’Oakland en Californie. Je serai à Casablanca et aimerions vous rencontrer pour parler de la scène musicale.

    Je vais arriver à Casablanca – Janvier 2ème une nuit et deux jours. Je laisserai Janvier 4e. si possible peut-on connecter.


    Théo ….

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