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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 01 August 2005 05:11 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Shunning their American counterparts' obsessions with gangsters, guns and girls, Senegalese rappers are among the country's loudest campaigners for social justice. Already the vanguard of West Africa's explosive hip-hop scene, their voices are only going to get louder in the run-up to elections in 2007 when President Abdoulaye Wade is widely expected to seek re-election. He may need their help.

With 70 percent of the population of 10 million under 30, and a relatively high degree of free speech compared to many African countries, Senegalese rap artists potentially wield the kind of influence that many politicians would envy.

In the early days, respected elders assumed it would imitate American rap with all its connotations of sex, drugs and shootings. But when some rap artists began to refer to religion in their music, even using Koranic verses, they caught the interest of an older generation in the mainly Muslim country.

"The elders now know that rap music has the potential to be like a step to the front for this upcoming generation. Young people find the answers for this critical time and that's why everyone is focused on the rap movement," said Faada Freddy.

From: england (hometown of toronto) | Registered: Jan 2003  |  IP: Logged
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posted 02 August 2005 12:19 AM      Profile for catje     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
behold the legacy of leopold sendar senghor!

or, as utah phillips once said 'the long memory is the most powerful weapon in america.'

don't fcck with the griots.

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