Pierce Freelon

Dancers in Goma, DRC

He traveled to Congo to teach hip hop and ended up giving a beat-making class on US race relations


It’s Swahili. It’s French. It’s English. It’s hip hop created by American professor Pierce Freelon on his latest trip to Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Except this time, news broke back home in the US about black churches set ablaze. Freelon soon turned his beats making lab into a masterclass on race relations.

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