Mawunyo Gbogbo is the author of Hip Hop & Hymns: A memoir of loving hard, falling apart and fighting back, set to an unrivalled playlist. That unrivalled playlist is available on Spotify. And because you can never have too many playlists, international DJ Just Dizle has created an incredible party playlist.
Published by Penguin Random House and available in all good bookstores, online, and as an eBook and audiobook, Hip Hop & Hymns is described by Books+Publishing as "a beautiful and heart-wrenching memoir".
Mawunyo writes about growing up in the sleepy coal mining town of Muswellbrook, NSW, with her love of storytelling and budding journalism career taking her to The City That Never Sleeps: New York City, where she interns at the Bible of hip hop - the Source Magazine. Mawunyo is a brave new voice on the topic of race and identity as she shares the trials and triumphs she's endured from childhood and on each rung along the way up the media ladder.
Mawunyo Gbogbo is a journalist specialising in popular culture for ABC News Digital. You can read some of her stories here. You'll also hear her voice on the wireless from time to time and see her pop up on TV.
She has worked as a music and pop culture reporter for Double J and ABC News; a journalist for ABC NewsRadio; a reporter for the flagship audio current affairs programs AM, The World Today and PM, a features reporter and producer for ABC Radio Sydney; a segment producer for the Today show on Channel Nine; and an associate producer for Insight on SBS TV, where she won a United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award for Increasing Awareness and Understanding of Children's Rights and Issues for the Insight program Generation XXX.
She was selected to participate in the 2021-22 Walkley Foundation Mentorship program.
Mawunyo is passionate about social justice, health and entertainment.
Mawunyo would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where she lives, learns and writes.