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Dakar x NYC Global Hip-Hop Exchange

Head to an African hip hop talk and concert at NYU's Gallatin center this weekend.


This Monday, NYU's Gallatin school will be hosting a panel discussion and concert linking up Senegalese rappers/musicians Thiat (Keur Gui)Foumalade (Batthaillons Blin-D) and Baay Bia with several activists and scholars, including Dead Prez ' M-1 — who crafted a great Africa In Your Earbuds for us some moons ago. Don't miss Dakar 2 NYC Global Hip-Hop Exchange, it looks to be a highly stimulating talk, and head to The Shrine Sunday night to catch a preview of what's to come where Thiat and Foumalade will be holding it down onstage from 9PM-10PM. Watch Keur Gui's "Coup 2 Guele" below. All info on the panel here.

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

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