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On The Map: Maseru's Hip-Hop Scene

Tseliso Monaheng takes us inside Maseru's rap scene for the latest installment of Okayafrica's On The Map series.

Driving into Lesotho using the Maseru-side border post can be disconcerting. If you've been keeping an ear on the local news, you know that you're heading into a country that's been etching towards collapse; a country which welcomes you with headlines foreshadowing a shutdown of all government structures. It still feels strange even when you've no prior experience of the country nor its politics. Imagine tunneling down an unguided odyssey through a town which, on the outside, has neither seen much nor had much done to it since the British Empire left some 50 years ago.

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