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Senegal, stand up!

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

From The New York Times

September 18, 2011
 In Blunt and Sometimes Crude Rap, a Strong Political Voice Emerges
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DAKAR, Senegal — A revolution led by rappers says something about a country’s politics or its music, or maybe both.

In Senegal, the political mainstream appears stagnant and the musicians anything but, which explains why laid-back musicians with stage names like Fou Malade (“Crazy Sick Guy”) and Thiat (“Junior”) are leading a vigorous demonstration movement against the country’s octogenarian president, who does not want to leave office.

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