Senegal

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Senegal

In Dakar and Thiés, the necessity to migrate to Europe is a constant them in the lyrics of hip hop. It is the content of both the young who have tried to cross the Atlantic and been repatriated, those who have never left, and those that have left and returned to their country.
This section shows the reality for youth in this country, a reality wherein migration is not only an economic necessity, but also as a potent dream.

Right now in Senegal there are about 3,000 hip hop groups, the majority of which come from the ghettos on the periphery of the cities. Africa’s permanent crisis is the most reoccurring theme of the lyrics. They are not superficial, talking about the new forms of systemic colonialism and slavery, corruption, “El Dorado” land (Europe), clandestine immigration, poverty and misery of everyday life.

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