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EDITORS’ NOTES

In northwest Africa, music has always been a means of expressing local identity. That continues today with a new wave of artists folding their own sounds, cultures, and concerns into hip-hop. The scene has never been more relatable in the region—whether it's rapper Muslim setting unvarnished lyrics about the realities of life in Morocco to trap beats or Marrakesh star Manal spitting bars that rage against misogyny over a musical fusion of Maghreb tradition and UK grime. And no one embodies the innovation, diversity, and productiveness of the Maghreb hip-hop scene better than Tunisian collective Zomra. Our editors regularly update this playlist—if you hear something you like, add it to your library.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In northwest Africa, music has always been a means of expressing local identity. That continues today with a new wave of artists folding their own sounds, cultures, and concerns into hip-hop. The scene has never been more relatable in the region—whether it's rapper Muslim setting unvarnished lyrics about the realities of life in Morocco to trap beats or Marrakesh star Manal spitting bars that rage against misogyny over a musical fusion of Maghreb tradition and UK grime. And no one embodies the innovation, diversity, and productiveness of the Maghreb hip-hop scene better than Tunisian collective Zomra. Our editors regularly update this playlist—if you hear something you like, add it to your library.

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