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.