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Waking up in the Field

Waking up in the Field

There's this kind of magical moment that arises at the seam of my everyday life in graduate school and the start of a new phase of fieldwork. I can hear everything.
Senegalese Lady Rapper Miryam ALIF

Senegalese Lady Rapper Miryam ALIF

This whole project in Senegal was sparked by a video I found online for Senegal's famous feminist rap group, ALIF. The acronym stands for Attack Liberate of the Infantry Feministe, the creation of respected rapper, activist and writer Miryam Diallo.
Rouge, Danger La!: Women Griots of Senegal (Field Recording)

Rouge, Danger La!: Women Griots of Seneg...

The traditional practice of tassou, or improvised musical poetry, spans each of Senegal’s ethnic groups and is practiced primarily by women called tassoukats
Sista Njaaya Sings Social Living

Sista Njaaya Sings Social Living

For Njaaya, who has been central to the emergence of Senegalese hip-hop through her previous work with Positive Black Soul, ALIF and Farafina Moussou, Social Living describes the forces of strong individuality, creativity, improvisation and collaboration that characterize Senegalese cultural life.
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