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Democracy in Dakar

19 December 2016

  Democracy in Dakar Documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal Directed by Magee McIlvaine, Chris Moore and Ben Herson Produced by Nomadic Wax and Sol Productions Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles. App. 60 minutes Senegal. 2008 Read more…  

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Senegal: Singer arrested and detained for indecency

22 June 2016

Singer Déesse Major was arrested and released after three days of detention on indecency and assault on morality charges brought on by complaints of the artist wearing provocative clothes, reported French global radio RFI on 22 June 2016. Troubles for the singer began in October 2014 when Adama Mboup, president …

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A brush too far? Six art pieces that stirred controversy in Africa

22 April 2015

“A selection of bold, daring and provocative art makes up this list of six art pieces from around the continent. In one way or another, they challenged the communities they appeared in. Sometimes the artwork offended people’s political sensibilities, sometimes it challenged people’s sense of African social norms and customs. …

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Senegal: Rapper Fou Malade acquitted in court

27 June 2014

The procecutor had asked for six months imprisonment to the rapper Fou Malade but eventually, the judge didn’t listen to him and gave him his freedom. Fou Malade – whose real name is Almamy Malal Talla – was detained after having delivered a speech where he said some controversial remarks about …

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Senegal: Didier Awadi speaks about self-censorship

1 October 2013

You can criticise presidents but not religious leaders, says Didier Awadi, one of Africa’s leading artists, to Freemuse Didier Awadi, for decades considered one of Africa’s most respected and outspoken artists, has criticized neo-colonialism, corrupt presidents and politicians. But even outspoken artists consider the fine balance between what may be …

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Senegal: Awadi speaks about self-censorship

29 September 2013

You can criticise presidents but not religious leaders, says Didier Awadi, one of Africa’s leading artists, to Freemuse Didier Awadi, for decades considered one of Africa’s most respected and outspoken artists, has criticized neo-colonialism, corrupt presidents and politicians. But even outspoken artists consider the fine balance between what may be …

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Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests

13 March 2012

In the lead up to Senegal’s controversial presidential elections on 25 March 2012, musicians are at the forefront of a campaign to stop president Abdoulaye Wade from running for a third term. While outspoken and engaged musicians have suffered threats, attacks and arrests, an increasing number of songs addressing the …

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Senegal: Freedom of speech record under fire

22 December 2011

Senegal, celebrated for being a bastion of peace and stability in a troubled region, is preparing for presidential elections in which 86 year old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade hopes to win a third term in office. The opposition say that Wade’s bid for re-election is unconstitutional and riots have already rocked …

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Senegal: Rapper arrested for criticising the president

2 August 2011

On 25 July 2011 Senegal’s police arrested the rapper Thiat to question him about his criticising of President Abdoulaye Wade. Dozens of his fans protested, and he was released after 24 hours in detention, on 26 July. Thiat (real name: Oumar Cyrille Touré) is a member of Senegal’s popular rap …

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