For the Global Thinker

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Mixtape of Revolution

How Rap has become the music of revolution....very interesting...

DEF JAM will probably never sign them, but Cheikh Oumar Cyrille Touré, from a small town about 100 miles southeast of Dakar, Senegal, and Hamada Ben Amor, a 22-year-old man from a port city 170 miles southeast of Tunis, may be two of the most influential rappers in the history of hip-hop.

Mr. Touré, a k a Thiat (“Junior”), and Mr. Ben Amor, a k a El Général, both wrote protest songs that led to their arrests and generated powerful political movements. “We are drowning in hunger and unemployment,”
“ Rappers are closer to the streets and can bring into their music the general feeling of frustration among people.”


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