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Documenting Senegalese Pop Star Oumou Sow

Documenting Senegalese Pop Star Oumou So...

I spent the day yesterday with mblalax (Senegalese pop)-rapper and stage dancer Oumou Sow and her group of male and female dancers, Les Amazones. I thought this would be a great opportunity to both share some of the great photos from my fieldwork with Oumou (many of which are from yesterday's spectacle) and to show you what my exuberant fieldnotes look like after a day's work in the field.
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.
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.
Oumou Sow, Senegal’s Flying Lady Pop Star

Oumou Sow, Senegal’s Flying Lady Pop S...

Oumou Sow, who has been a star Senegalese mbalax dancer for some time, has emerged this year with her song “Fly to Fly (Decollage)” with a style she calls “Rap Mbalax.”
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