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Beat Making Lab's All-Female Senegalese Collective

Beat Making Lab in Dakar, Senegal, features an all-female collective GOTAL partnered with Speak Up Africa NGO.


Female empowerment through music is at the heart of the latest Beat Making Lab in Dakar, Senegal. As a part of their project to make digital music production possible for young musicians in developing nations, producer Apple Juice Kid and UNC Professor Pierce Freelon teamed up with the all-female Senegalese collective Gotal and paired them with the women-led NGO Speak Up Africa to produce songs about global health issues in their communities. The third in the Beat Making Lab web series, Dakar is the first location in the program to exclusively feature female artists.

New episodes air Wednesdays beginning May 22nd on PBS Digital Studios’ Beat Making Lab channel. Get introduced to the women of Gotal by watching the first of the Dakar episodes below. The weekly chronicles will culminate in the release of the Senegal Beat Making Lab's EP titled Gotal. Gotal, which means "unity" in Pular, is both the name of the EP set to premier July 5th on Mad Decent (released by Mal Dicen x Latino Resiste x ARTVSM) and the name of the all-women's ensemble to participate in the Senegal Beat Making Lab.

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The 10 Best HHP Songs Ranked

On the second anniversary of HHP's passing, we rank 10 of the South African hip-hop legend's best songs.

Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known by his alias HHP, was a pivotal part of South African hip-hop. Renowned for trailblazing the motswako sub-genre in the early 2000s, the rapper sadly passed away on October 24th, 2018 after a long and much publicised bout with depression.

During his active years, which span two decades (from 1997 to 2018), he was instrumental in breaking barriers and bridging the gap between kwaito and hip-hop in SA, from the late 90s to early 2000s.

He became a household name in the 2000s as he spearheaded the motswako movement, propelling it to the mainstream and solidifying his legendary status in the process.

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