[ View the story "Rapping the news" on Storify] Rapping the news Senegal's hip-hop stars pave the way for new forms of citizen journalism.
The Stream· Mon, May 27 2013 11:08:55
Journal télévisé rap sénégaljtronline
Covering 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.
Brilliant mix of political commentary and #hip-hop on TV in #Senegal by Y’En A Marre to redefine news
@_Keyti #AfricaAlexis Akwagyiram
@SoFatim: "The journal rappé is magnificent, bravo @_Keyti and @gunmanxuman!!!!"
Le journal rappé la est magnifique vraiment bravo @__Keyti et @gunmanxuman!!!!Fatim Bint Daouda
In an interview with
, the two rappers discussed the reason for starting Journal Rappé.
"To have fun first of all, but also to overcome barriers and liberate the discourse of artists in Senegal, in every domain. So that we can free ourselves of politics, social and religious pressure, bit by bit, and say what we really think."
Below is a translated excerpt of Journal Rappé covering a recent building collapse.
Translated excerpt from Journal Rappé EP5 avec Xuman et Keytiajstream
The artists' political commentary did not begin with Journal Rappé. The two, who are part of the collective
Y’En a Marre
(Fed Up), were leading figures in last year's
to former President Abdoulaye Wade's re-election bid.