While Germany is overrun by white Rappers – one need only to think of Sido, Fler, Casper, Alligatoah or Cro – the number of Afro-German Rap-artists is limited, although there are a lot of talents out there, who deserve just the same amount of attention. We want to present two of them: rapper, singer and songwriter Leila Akinyi and producer and rapper Camufingo.
Leila Akinyi was born in Mombasa in Kenya and lives in Cologne since she is six years old. Camufingo grew up in Potsdam and is now living in Luanda, Angola most of the time. For a joint musical project they now founded the artist duo Camukinyi in 2017 and published their EP “Morgenkämpfer” at Melting Pot Music.
The EP-title “Morgenkämpfer” is assembled by both of their names, because Akinyi means “Morgenkind” in Swahili and Camufingo is Umbundu and translates to “Einzelkämpfer”. The record consists out of five tracks and deals with a topic, that is central to Leila and Camufingo: How does it feel to be a Afro-German in Germany and how can one deal with an existence between Europe and Africa. In their songs, both artists get into a dialogue and spell out all problems, with which they are confronted every day: racism, prejudices, intolerance and the back and forth between the African and the German culture, which finally leads to the question of their own identity.
In the song “S.I.S.S.” (Schwarz ist selbstbewusst sein, engl. Black is self confidence), which brims over with energy and self-confidence, Camukinyi do away with all the prejudices and cliches, they have to face as dark-skinned Germans in their everyday life and make one thing clear: We don’t let people define us over our skin colour, we don’t have to justify for anything, we are who we are and we are confident and strong.
The EP is available on all streaming-sites and in all download-stores.