Thursday, March 03, 2005


As the Womadelaide festival of world music begins in South Australia this week, African artistes are lining up to showcase their work. And just to spice things up a little bit, Daara J, the Senegalese group which is making its Australian debut, wants to mix contemporary raps with the African tribal rhythms; introducing the Adelaide audience to the true history of rap and hip-hop music.

“We are going to make an exhibit of the ancient forms of rap that existed in Africa, even before slavery”, said rapper Abdou Seck (also known as MC Faada Freddy).

In fact, thinking about the real roots of rap is a great deal of excitement in its own right. And the Australian audience can’t wait for the fun to begin.
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