Senegalese rappers mobilize and create the anthems of the demonstrations

Protesters on March 8, 2021 in front of the Dakar courthouse.

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While several days of demonstrations and violence have left at least 5 official deaths and 11 according to the opposition in Senegal, the artists mobilized with the composition of songs and committed clips.


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The new clip of the famous rapper Dip Doundou Guiss, used to millions of views, begins with images of law enforcement firing tear gas canisters under the tears of a woman.


 The hardest part is seeing our young people die,

" begins the rapper in Wolof.


It's a message that is addressed directly to the authorities and to the youth,” he


I have tried to denounce everything that is currently happening in this country.

As an artist and megaphone followed by young people, I found it necessary to raise my voice in the face of this situation. 


Another rapper Hakill released one of the tracks from his upcoming album earlier than expected: a song about idle youth, lack of justice and bad governance.

Rap has always been there to talk about the evils of society


After demonstrating himself in recent days in Dakar, he shot his video clip in the streets strewn with stones and blocked by burnt tires: “

 The current events have a link with politics, but the true meaning of this uprising.

It is generalized fed up!

Rap has always been there to talk about the evils of society.


Other artists like Didier Awadi from the group Positive Black Soul have also released songs that sing about the difficulties of Senegalese youth.

►Also read: In Senegal, the M2D calls for a new peaceful rally on March 13


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