Hip-Hop has been around in Mauritius since its been on International media. Each generation has their own preference in terms of Rap Artists, but all artists who have been playing on the medias since TuPac have also been aired in Mauritius.
Rap artists such as Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem , 50 Cents are extremely popular among Hip-Hop fans in Mauritius. Hip-Hop culture has been widely spread and its sub cultures such as its Mc'ing, BBoying, Graffiti, and DJ'ing are widely practised.
The general local Rap scene is quite active but due to the high musical piracy issue, Rap albums have become rare on the national music market.
Some notable local Rap artists are Aeiki Latchoum of North Side Zoo band, Marki Evolution of WU Team and Panther Noire. Tikkenzo of the OSB crew is among the oldest most known rappers in Mauritius even though he is no more active.
Among the most known dance groups, there is Flava Kid'z, Street Elite Crew, La Squad and Da Movement. Some old dance groups who also was quite popular are Alliance Supreme ( no more active ) , Cyber Step Breakerz and HipHop Dancers.
Eventually with the access to youtube, computer music and music stores by 2000, many fans started into their own Hip Hop adventure in beautiful Mauritius Island.
Nowadays there are numerous Home Studios around the Island and good beat makers and producers.
Rap has been around in Mauritius as early as 1995. The youth generation of 1995-2005 had in their walkman/Discman albums of Tupac, Notorious BIG, Public Enemy, Dr Dre, The Fugees,Method Man, Ice Cube, Snoop Doog, Eminem among all the popular rappers that received media attention at the time.
With a strong influence of the french Rap Scene, with groups like I-AM, NTM, Psy4 de la Rime, Sniper, etc. young Mauritians eventually started to rap too and the culture has been since present in Mauritius.
The first group to make Rap popular in Mauritius was known as Union Tribal Clan, a group of friends from Residence Kennedy. Another group who managed to get some attention at the time was N.A.S Possi.
There were yet no facility to studio recording, as laptops and internet were extremely difficult to afford, emcees started to rap on other artists songs, looping their music.
The culture rapidly spread once Internet and laptops were at affordable prices. They gradually evolved from looping samples of other artists songs to doing their own beat.
Most songs at that time were being recorded either in Scorpion Studio at Petite Rivière, or at Capricorn Studio in the North of the Island.
Nowadays there are a lot of home studios in Mauritius and the Rap Dream each year draws a lot of young artists to start an adventure
List of MC Groups in MauritiusA4C
Majunga ( Danger & Manawa )
Mauritian All Stars ( Paris )
North Side Zoo
Wake Up Team
Union Tribal Clan
MC 2 Rue
List of Popular RappersAzazel
The culture of Street dance was very popular in the 1990 with the Street Brothers, Boogie Side Gang and the Sound systems that was organized by the Otentik Street Brothers.
There were no competitions at the time and no training provided so the culture gradually faded away for some time.
With popular Hollywood films like You Got Served and the Step Up series, some dancers continued to keep the culture alive in Mauritius.
While Alliance Supreme kept the breakdance scene alive and was the only crew until now to have made it until the final of the Indian Ocean Championship Battle de L'Ouest (in 2004), organized by Soul City, Cyber Step Breakerz was the most popular group giving regular shows mixing breakdance with debout dance styles like popping and locking.
In 2010, a contest called Wake Up Session which held regular battles contributed to the rise of battle street dancers in Mauritius. Many crews and solo dancers were formed since and until now contests are carried out for national and international championships.
List of Dance GroupsAlliance Supreme
Buruth Family Crew
Cyber Step Breakers
Da Movement Squad
Mafia Swagg Crew
Tic Tac Toe
Hip-Hop Dancer Crew
Street Elite Crew
List of Popular DancersAs-T
Derezzed - Jeremy Naigon
As from 2016 there has been several street dance schools founded and worshops going on by local street dancers.
DJ'ing is of course one of the most important pillars of Hip-Hop Culture! There are not so many DJ'z of Hip-Hop on Mauritius Island, as the culture is not so prominent like in the states, but there are some who are famous.
List of DJ'sDJ Steph
This culture is not so active in Mauritius, Compared to Reunion Island which is a couple of hundred Kilometers away where graffiti can be seen everywhere, you will not see Graffiti tags so much around Mauritius Island.
There are however some nice street art you can see at Port Louis and a couple known graffiti Artists in the small island.
List of some Graffiti Artists:Aeiki Latchoum