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Rapping the news: Senegalese hip-hop stars innovate – MMXLII

Rapping the news: Senegalese hip-hop stars innovate

Two Senegalese hip-hop artists Xuman & Keyti are at the forefront of a new kind of broadcast journalism a weekly 4 minute rapped television news series: “Le Journal Rappe” presented both in French and Wolof (one of Senegal’s predominant languages). They seem to have taken to heart Chuck D’s famous words: ” Hip-Hop is the black people’s CNN”;  both are seasoned hip-hop artists whose career started in 1998 and are now part of the collective Y’En a Marre (Fed Up) where they were leading figures in the movement opposing Abdoulaye Wade’s failed relection bid last year. The news covers “everything from government corruption to the war in Syria, the broadcasts have received tens of thousands of views on YouTube as well as a spot on national TV. Their unconventional twist on delivering the news has garnered wide support from netizens (via Al-Jazeera) “.Peep also the interview they did with Global Voices. Videos after the break.


Here’s a translation of the first few opening lines of this excerpt of recent news coverage:

“Welcome, have a seat, we have news for you.
We have good and bad news, but we have news for you.
Not even a week passes without a building collapsing,
as if the Joola wasn’t enough carnage.
Construction is stable like a sand castle.
Sometimes the guilty isn’t who’s really responsible….”

Here’s an example of a full show:

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