David Kerr

David Kerr

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Project Administrator, Knowing each-other project

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I am a project administrator working on the ERC-funded project, ‘Knowing Each Other: everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in southwest Nigeria.' The project explores how people relate to those of other religions in everyday life and the ways in which religious difference contributes to the constitution of social identities.

I am also studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham, which examines the development of hip hop in Dar es Salaam.  


  • BA Hons, African Studies, University of Birmingham


My principle research interests are popular culture, youth, urban space and the constitution of social identities in Dar es Salaam.

In my doctoral research I examine the practice of rapping in Dar es Salaam. I explored the work of commercially successful and andagraundi or ‘underground’ rappers. Underground rappers are rappers who have not been able to record and who consequently struggle to gain a level of city-wide and national recognition. My doctoral research examined the intersection of youth, masculinity, and globalisation in the construction of new forms of identification and sociality by rappers. I view rapping as productive, and highlight the creativity, ingenuity and inventiveness of rappers’ appropriations from the transnational circulation of signs as well as local orders of meaning.