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African Studies Program
Hip Hop and Democracy: The Power of Youth Movements in Africa
Thursday December 5, 2013
Thiat (Cheikh Oumar Toure)
Sponsored by the Division of French & Italian Studies, African Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies Programs, Comparative History of Ideas, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.
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Thiat (Cheikh Oumar Toure is a Senegalese political/social activist and member of Keur Gui Crew, a popular West African hip hop group known for its hard-hitting lyrics denouncing government corruption. In 2011, he and his band helped to launch Y'en a Marre, a movement that calls for political reform and public engagement among Senegalese youth.
In this talk, Thiat speaks about the role of music in political and social engagement among youth communities, as drawn from his experiences with Keur Gui Crew. Recognized as one of the most socially engaged hip hop groups in Africa, the group seeks to deliver hip hop that confronts elements of bad governance and corruption within Senegal.return to top