Sonic Diaspora host Wagëblë at Patty Boom Boom
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Wagëblë’s music is a unique blend of hip hop, poetry and spoken word. They describe their style as ‘Rap Afro,’ a style fashioned by combining rhyming patterns with themes that speak to the difﬁcult life of the disenfranchised youth, as well as highly-politicized and cultural messages. Through Rap Afro, Wagëblë builds on the tradition of the griot as the storyteller who afﬁrms the values of society, the oral historian, societal critic and spokesperson for the community to speak truth to those in power. Wagëblë raps in Wolof and French, though the group also speaks English.
Wagëblë encompasses Dakar, Washington DC, and Lausanne by members, Papa Moussa Lo a.k.a. Waterflow and Lamine Kandji a.k.a. Eyewitness.