The new hip way to combat post-genocidal ethnic tension and simultaneously launch yourself into presidential politics in Burundi: Mixed Tapes. And Alexis Sinduhije, freedom-fighter journalist turned presidential candidate for the 2010 elections in Burundi, makes a funky mixed tape. “Democracy in Burundi Mix Tape” is mash-up music gone political.
Excerpts from Sinduhije’s speeches and articles on post-conflict reconstruction and democracy, overlay various African artists in a Malcolm X type way – shouts for true independence and freedom underlined by semi-angry hip hop lyrics. And Sinduhije has the street cred to back it.
He’s been arrested for speaking out against the current president, Nkurunziza, and has been named one of Time Magazines’ 100 most influential people. As an orphaned Tutsi adopted by Hutus, he’s got the ideal inter-ethnic story for the Great Lakes. He has started his own radio station to foster peace in the country. And he’s brilliant and politically savvy.
Now he has a facebook group and a mixed tape. Once you start tweeting Alexis, you will be unstoppable.