Senegalese rap is not dead!
Democracy in Dakar
Damned of the earth
As a matter of fact, it’s from this gateway city, located on the border with Gambia, crushed by the sun and transactions of all kinds, that came the rap movement revival. Here, the model is gangsta rap. It is the genre that best reflects the chaotic atmosphere and lawlessness of the city. Rapper Rifou, a rising star on the national stage, sings about the status of the wretched of the earth: us, we are outlaws.
Dakar, february 2011 : enough is enough
Eleven years of governance by President Wade has devastated the country. The series of major works he launched makes the economic precariousness in which the majority of the population is stuck even more glaring, and the Senegalese are tired of living to the beat of power cuts. Keur Gui2 Kaolack is taking advantage of the gathering of the World Social Forum in Dakar to hold a press conference that has nothing to do with the presentation of their latest album: this is about the official launch of the citizen movement "Y’en a marre" ("Enough Is Enough"), which invites "fighters, street vendors, workers, students, journalists, teachers, rappers and artists to join the momentum of this protest and express their "being fed up" with living to the beat of power cuts". Their goal: to sign and lodge a million complaints against the government.On their Facebook page, Keur Gui announces the gist of the message: "The time has passed for moaning in your living room or futile complaining about power cuts. We reject the systematic rationing of electricity imposed on our homes. We're sick and tired of it: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH".
People under 25 make up over 60% of the population and, one year before the elections, the voting-age young people are crystallizing the attention of the political parties. Voter registration is open until June 30. Time is running out. Since April 15, the group launched a national campaign, "Daas Fanaanal" (Protect Yourselves), to convince people to register to vote and to go collect their voting cards.To this end, Keur Gui intends to mobilize the hip-hop movement – rappers like Fou malade, Rifou, Eumzo Me Flower are already actively involved – but also the religious leaders who are true opinion leaders. The actions of the group are quickly becoming the target of the government, which has banned rallies and press conferences by its members. But Keur Gui is not afraid: they "travel with their death certificates"!
The Senegalese revolution is on the march, Facebook and Twitter pages targeting the elections are multiplying, citizen movements are gathering speed. Let us wager that this time, rap will be the victor. Because without a doubt, things are in safe hands.