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Return of tha Funky Fulani — Duggy Tee ak Baaba Maal “Fulani”

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

This video is almost a year old now but better late than never to get updated with what’s happening with two of Senegal’s greats. Duggy Tee is a HipHop legend and pioneer in Senegal, one of the original Emcees to spark the Galsen movement. And of course Baaba Maal, any aficionado of world music knows the legendary Baaba Maal.

Thanks to www.africanhiphop.com for the link.

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The Politics of HipHop in Dakar

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

BY MSIA KIBONA CLARK, 17 AUGUST 2007

After HipHop came to Africa in the 1980s and went from being a fad to an African youth movement, communities emerged in a number of countries to dominate the continent’s HipHop scene. Among the leaders of this movement are Senegalese artists, who are not only among the best and most political in Africa, but also the most respected in francophone Africa.

The first generation of African youth to make a collective impact on the fabric of politics and society in modern Africa comprised the visionaries who brought its nations to independence. Some took a revolutionary direction and as a result some African states have legacies of radicalism and political action. Senegal was not one of those states. But now, through the art form of HipHop, the youth in Senegal are rising up as some of the most socially provocative artists in Africa.

Senegal’s HipHop scene is distinctive and its artists extremely talented. The country has a history of strong musical traditions, including tassou, which is similar to rapping. Senegalese rap artists today often blend local sounds and, realizing they will have more of an impact rapping in a local language, they rap either entirely in Wolof or a in blend of French and Wolof. Examples of such artists are Daara J, Pee Froiss, and Positive Black Soul (whose music was featured in season one of the American HBO television show, The Wire).

Read the rest of the article HERE.

The country’s first all-female rap group. ALIF, or Attaque Liberatoire de l’Infanterie Feministe, hit the scene in 1997.

 

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