From the start Osmic Menoe has been motivated by the need to document South Africa's contemporary cultural movements, and this museum is set to be a first of a kind in Africa. Covid-19 forced and other unexpected circumstances put a spoke in the wheel of his plans but the museum is now open and has expanded its programme.
Located in Museum Africa in Newtown, the South African Hip Hop Museum has artefacts and items that tell the stories of South African hip hop. What makes a visit worthwhile is the use of technology to achieve this with interactive screens spread throughout. To appreciate Hip Hop, you need to hear and see it.
In addition to the permanent exhibit the museum also hosts regular workshops and talks aimed at developing South African music artists' careers. Linked to the annual Hennessey Back to the City Festival and a world-class recording studio, the museum does not statically look at the past but rather seeks to use it to shape and drive the future of hip hop in South Africa.
South Africa's hip hop scene is often overlooked internationally and the South African Hip Hop Museum relocates its importance not only within South Africa but globally too. Delve into the history for yourself with a visit. Admission is free so there's no excuse.