Positive Black Soul
Guy Lochhead, 17/03/12
Senegalese rap duo formed in Dakar in 1989 who have achieved some international fame with their mix of traditional instrumentation and hip hop energy. They are politically engaged in and outside of their music, active in encouraging young people to vote and engage in politics, black positivism, disagreeing with media representations of Africa, AIDs prevention and many other issues… Reading about this group, they might seem corny. In fact, their music has an underground style all of its own, using hip hop as a medium that allows self-expression rather than emulating American mainstream rappers. Although ‘Salaam’ is a patchy album, I think this group is definitely worth including for having good music and good politics. Rap isn’t dead if it can still produce artists like this. I will include ‘Salaam’.

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