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Tha Trickaz @ Almaz

Posted: January 26, 2011 in Guest, Hip Hop

The Almaz Collective gladly hosted Tha Trickaz in Hanoi during their Vietnam Tour 2011 before they rocked the place at our beloved neighbours’ venue Hanoi Rock City. It was a great week of laughter and electronic beats and we look forward to seeing you again soon!


Almaz collective goes into a mission : meet with the young Myanmar art scene !
Raphael Olivier came out with a photo presentation of Yangoon underground Hip-Hop Scene

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Find more music like this on The Official Fanclub of Myanmar Hip Hop Association
And Vincent Baumont with a video about contemporary art:

The golden age of hip-hop is dead, yet it is now part of the official culture in western countries. Urban styles, underground music and the freedom it brought with it has changed into MTV culture, commercial music and short-lived artists.

But what happens in countries that have just recently opened to hip-hop? A young generation that has grown up with the internet and satellite television has chosen from the treasures of this well-established culture, and have interpreted them in their own ways. In Czech Republic hip-hop has now become popular, especially for kids from the gray, underprivileged outskirts. They found in it a means of expression to reflect, in their own words, the difficulties of their own lives, the minor and major trifling business of daily life, as well as their dissatisfaction and anger that comes with the contradictions of a changing society.

These are scenes that come from Prague and its outskirts, not Los Angeles. No ghettos, no gang wars, no guns or racial issues. The entire scope of the art form, when transplanted to a place as remote from the originating point, is different.Of course it cannot be compared directly with the culture that has come from the violent streets of the US. Still, you can see an incipient struggle, through language, for a search for identity.
Certainly an unlikely hybrid, this transposition from Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, so on, to the ancient and alien culture that exists in the Czech Republic. Yet this is what makes the film fascinating: how, why does hip-hop take hold in such places.

“Here we are not too gangster,” Pavel Abraham, the director of Ceska RAPublica told Radio Prague on December 5, 2008. “We like to talk about enjoying life, about the simple things in life, like you know, the most important things, like love and so on.”

When comparing Czech rap to European hip hop from other countries, Abraham said French or Polish rappers were more socially conscious and “a lot braver.” When Czechs rap, it is “more an occasion to express something funny, or something poetic than some sort of idea or ideology.”

Czech people are famous in eastern europe for their irony, not their riots. It’s their own way to fight, and they’ve always used this as a weapon against intolerance. Pavel Abraham, director of Ceska Rapublika, uses his unique style of documentary film making to confront traditional Czech culture by focusing on the new generation’s enthusiasm for hip-hop. For him, reporting and documenting is not enough. He also plays a sort of game with the real life characters, Hugo Toxx, Orion, James Cole, all famous Czech rappers, that shows their views on social and political issues in a different light.

Picture a meeting between Czech rappers and a professor of linguistics, or classical musicians, even old villagers and kids from gipsy ghettos? It’s not so much a movie about the hardcore lives of these artists as it is about the absurdity – about playing with the absurdity – of the cultural gap between two generations, as well as how that gap can be bridged.

The documentary is in czech with english subtitles. Screening at Almaz, last floor (no elevator). If you can, please bring your pillows, or rug, or couch…