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PBS

Positive Black Soul is known as one of the first rap and hip-hop groups in the country of the Senegal. Based in Dakar, Senegal, the group began as a collaboration between two members from the Didier Awadi’s Syndicate and King MCs. Didier Soutou Awadi and Doug E. Tee got to together to form the group Positive Blacks Soul known for their use of traditional Senegalese instruments, political rhyming, and mostly Wolof language. The two were originally rivals who competed against each other and were from different neighborhoods. The two eventually performed together instead of against one another, and it was at that moment they realized that they had a lot in common. Positive Black Soul got momentum after their performance at a music festival hosted by the Dakar French Cultural Center. They got noticed by French rapper MC Solaar. The group was asked to open up for him at his show in Dakar and throughout France. The group went on to put out their first album called Boul Fale, and their career took off from there. They received an opportunity to work with Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, which in turn got them a record deal with Mango Records, who Baaba Maal was signed with. The group continued on to gain international acclaim and had the opportunity to work with artists such as American rapper KRS-One, Red Hot organization, Res, Tony Allen, Ray Lema, Baaba Maal, and Archie Shepp.

As mentioned earlier, PBS was known for their political rhyming and overall involvement in social and political activism. They urge citizens to be more involved in the government and vote in elections, and are vocal about the issues in their countries, corruption, and politics. They have also challenged the media’s view of Africa being an impoverished and suffering place. They argue that while this is an aspect of their continent it is a reality in some areas, many citizens are proud and happy to live in Africa. Additionally, they bring awareness about AIDS and its dangers. Through their music, PBS discusses these issues and many more. It is evident that their overall goal is to represent their and cultivate and present the Positive Black Soul.

Respect the Nubians

Écoute Fils

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