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Rebel Music's 'Ready For Change' Chronicles Political Resistance Through Hip-Hop In Senegal

Rebel Music's "Ready For Change" episode follows hip-hop duo Keur Gui and the rise of political resistance through music in Senegal.


The latest episode in the ongoing Rebel Music series takes viewers to Senegal, where rappers Kilifeu and Thiat of the hip-hop group Keur Gui, social media activist Denise Safiatou Sow, professor Dr. M. Ousmane Traouré, and several others chronicle the rise of political resistance through music in the country. The episode kicks off during Senegal's independence from France in 1960, during the time of the country's first president Léopold Sédar Senghor and goes on to cover the presidency of Abdou Diouf, which sparked the initial appearance of protest through hip-hop in the nation, as well as the corruption of Abdoulaye Wade.

"Senegal: Ready For Change" explores how Keur Gui were censored, beaten and "tortured," in Kilifeu's words, at the hands of the authorities for their lyrics against the government and delves into the rise and attempted suppression of their Y'en A Marre (I'm Fed Up) movement. Watch Rebel Music's "Senegal: Ready For Change," presented by MTV and Amnesty International's Art For Amnesty below, and check out their other episodes in America, Turkey, Myanmar, Iran, and Venezuela.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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