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Tassou: the Ancient Spoken Word of African Women

Tassou: the Ancient Spoken Word of Afric...

Woman Poet Yandé Codou Sene Sings Senegalese Independence, African Creativity: While the work of West African strumming male praise-singers or griots/jalis, has been studied by Western researchers from the earliest years of folklore and ethnology, the region continues to be animated by the rich voices of praise-singing women, whose poetry and song draw from detailed knowledge of the lineages pf neighboring families, a talent for improvisation on ancient songs, themes and rhythms, and an ability to bring a crowd into chanting and dancing communion in the space of a few poetic bars.
Rhythming Oscar Grant: Oakland Hip-Hop

Rhythming Oscar Grant: Oakland Hip-Hop

Today’s electronica composers, R’n’B soundscapers and skilled/schooled hip-hop practitioners do their best to publicize and trick back on the ruptures in Oakland-of-color’s access to employment, public services and fair housing. They gloss these jagged edges with sound and community, dance and movement, and they overflow the emaciated social structure with musical life
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.
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