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H-Kayne:
Hip-Hop Moroccan Style

Hip-hop has only taken hold in Morocco the last six years, and it is largely thanks to H-Kayne, a group of four young men from the central city of Meknes who grew up listening to Biggie and Tupac, then forged their own style. It fuses western beats with some traditional Moroccan instruments and melodies, and lyrically it speaks out - often wittily - against corruption and for individual freedom. Interweaving scenes from the group's hometown, comments from fans, excerpts from H-Kayne's video about Internet addiction, and a performance before an adoring crowd in Casablanca, the film shows why H-Kayne has connected with Moroccan youth, and speaks for them.

Credits

Producer: Steven Lawrence
Coordinating Producer: Maria Luisa Gambale
Field Producers: Jean Berry, Naima Alaoui
Editor: Peter Shelton
Associate Producer: Michal Shapiro
Associate Producer/Assistant Editor: Gabriella Kessler
Camera: Sebastien Combeaud, Mohamed Talha, Stephane Beziers
Sound: Nawal Lamrini

Series Funding Provided By:

Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

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Music Video: H-Kayne, "Jil Jdid"
World Music: H-Kayne, "Jil Jdid"

World Music: H-Kayne, "Jil Jdid"

(Morocco) Hip hop has taken hold of Morocco in the last six years, and it is largely thanks to H-Kanye. The group of four have forged their style from listening to the likes of Biggie and Tupac while growing up in the central city of Meknes. They fuse western beats with some traditional Moroccan instruments and melodies, and lyrically speak out - often wittily - against corruption and for individual freedom. In this video directed by Khalid Douache, better know as DJ Key, hip hop takes over the ER in a whimsical song about internet addiction.

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H-Kayne: Hip-Hop Moroccan Style
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