Kenyan rapper Octopizzo in African Voices on CNN

CNN's African Voices features Octopizzo return to Kibera

Whilst musicians look to get people to move to their sounds, it is often harder to find meaning behind the music. For many African artists, music is the motivator they use to make their mark on society.

On this week’s African Voices from Nairobi, Kenya, we meet Octopizzo, a Swahili Hip-Hop artist who uses his music to shine a light on an area of the city that is often neglected.

African Voices will air on Saturday 25 June at 17:30 on CNN (401).

Octopizzo grew up in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa, housing around a fifth of Nairobi’s population.

He explains, “Growing up, I wanted to make 'being' from Kibera, cool. That was my number one goal, as a rapper. A kid that grows up here, can somewhere and say, ‘Yeah, I'm from Kibera, man. I want to be a doctor’, and people would take him seriously.”

As someone who lost his parents when he was only 15, Octopizzo learnt how to grow up fast. Despite his success, when he returns to Kibera, he tries to encourage others to follow their dreams and achieve.

The Hip-Hop artist has his own charity, the Octopizzo Foundation, which seeks to aid young people in slums through art, music and sport. He explains his vision: “Under these iron sheets, there are babies, presidents, the next Octopizzo, everybody's in here. Only if they meet the right person in their life. If they make the right choices.”

Octopizzo has also used his own music to educate others about life in Kibera.

He explains: “There is no song that doesn't have the name ‘Kibera’, and it will remain like that… Coming here from experiencing the other side of life. It hurts. It hurts that some people can't afford to have a better life.”

Although Octopizzo has taken his family out of Kibera, he feels that displaying and discussing the hardships within the slums through his music is the best way to address the issues in the community.

Octopizzo tells African Voices, “We're bringing you (CNN’s African Voices) to show the other stuff that people don't think about. There are kids going to school, kids playing football. Artists like us that are rapping and trying to change stuff… You see it!  You don't read it.  And it makes you a different person.”

Remember to join Octopizzo in African Voices as it airs Saturday 25 June at 17:30 EAT on CNN (401).

And if you miss it, you can catch the show at the following times:

Sunday 26 June at 01:30 and 20:30 

Monday 27 June at 12:30 

Tuesday 28 June at 06:30