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My Africa Is: Stories From Dakar On Senegalese Rap News, Hip-Hop Dance & Surf School

Documentary web series 'My Africa Is' returns for season two in Dakar, with episodes on Senegalese rap news, hip-hop dance, and surf school.


My Africa Is, the documentary web series that brought us “The Lagos Chronicles” last year, is back again with a new season in Dakar. Filmed on location in June, the second season, “Edition Dakar,” brings us three stories of innovation and achievement from the coastal city. "From our perspective, My Africa Is is a movement driven by a deep conviction to show cultural Africa's diversity," says the show's executive producer / director Nosarieme Garrick. "Season 2 is a significant milestone that we hope continues to turn the page on outdated and misinformed perceptions of the continent." Watch all three episodes below.

In the first of the five-minute installments, we're introduced to Le Journal Rappé, a weekly online news show created by Senegalese rappers Xuman and Keyti, who deliver the headlines in both French and Wolof rap. Their news program and its creative method of delivery, which has helped strengthen youth movements like Sunu2012, has since been imitated by people in countries like Jamaica, Vietnam, and Uganda.

In episode two the My Africa Is heads to the Sunu Street Project, where we meet Khousia, Nach, and Naima. They're the three women behind the Sunu Street Project, a dance company that aims to validate urban dance in Dakar. Since the 80s, hip-hop has been hugely influential in Seneglese youth culture, particularly dance. In pushing away the negative feelings surrounding hip-hop, the project looks to focus on the respect, solidarity, and training that comes with their dance.

The final installment shares the story of Malika Surf Camp, one of three surf schools in Senegal. In the episode we're introduced to two local surfers, Talla and Khadjou. Talla, who taught himself to surf (which at first meant using a broken board), now instructs at the camp and competes internationally, with hopes of continuing to compete and gain more recognition. Khadjou is one of two local female surfers in Senegal. She shares her optimism that more women will lose the fear surrounding surfing. We also meet Malika Surf Camp founders Marta and Aziz, who see surfing as a way to help Dakar’s economy through positive tourism and job creation.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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