Y’en a marre and Coronavirus: Not just the opposition

Senegal’s Y’en a Marre movement, which roughly translates in casual French to “fed up,” was formed first in 2011 during broad-based protests against the regime

Didier Awadi’s “Mama kitoko” (feat. Marie Ndiaye)

“Mama kitoko” is a 2020 single by Senegalese rap legend Didier Awadi. Awadi was born on August 11, 1969 in Dakar, Senegal. He is of

Dip Doundou Guiss – “Deuil National” #Lesenegalendeuil

Released November 13th, 2020, “Deuil National” by DIP Doundou Guiss displays the extreme hardships and difficult decisions made by those who decide to leave Senegal

Gunman Xuman: Consciousness and History

In my last article, I wrote a profile of Matador, one of Senegal’s most important figures at the intersection of civil society and hip-hop. This

Akatsuki SN – “Drill Galsen”

“Drill Galsen” comes as the second song from Akatsuki SN, a new rap collective from Dakar, Senegal. So far, there is not much to be

Borders: What are they good for? Senegalese and Gambian Hip Hop

In this episode two students discuss hip hop in The Gambia and in Senegal. The two discuss the unique situation of The Gambia and Senegal and how the imposition of a border across the wolof culture has affected the music scene there. In the podcast, three artists are discussed: Y’en a Marre, Bai Babu, and T Smallz. The podcast begins talking about language, then moves to discussing differences in politicization of hip hop across the Senegambian region, and then wraps up with a discussion of gender rolls. Also discussed is the unique, continuing role of griot families in modern music.

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