Poet, Writer and Director, Congomuse Speaks on Women in Hip-Hop [5-part Interview]

Posted on March 27, 2016 by


Christina ‘CongoMuse’  Fonthes is a Manchester-based artist, Create and one half of #DesiMeetsCongo, a radio show that focuses on popular culture. Her mantra – telling stories through any means possible –  allows her to bring stories to life through writing,  the spoken word,  and filmmaking. She has completed residencies with Royal Exchange Theatre, Home, and Community Arts North West and is currently doing a residency at Commonword Cultureword through their Women in the Spotlight programme. Her latest short ‘The Fridge’  is a candidid look at the history of hip hop, whilst also exploring the place of women within it. She can be found online at @CongoMuse.

In this 5-part interview with Da-What.com, Congomuse discusses what standard topics come up when we talk about women and hip-hop, the challenges that keep us from considering the proper topics, avoiding distractions, and intersectional identities in hop-hop. I am very happy to be presenting this interview within the range of National Women’s History Month.  I didn’t do a ton to help celebrate/acknowledge this aspect of March but I interviewed CongoMuse here and Dr. Charity Clay for Hip Hop University Magazine. Both have amazing insight into these topics and neither of them share the same story! Happy to help showcase a diverse range of opinions within a similar demographic.