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Sonic Diaspora host Wagëblë at Patty Boom Boom

Written by Shirlene Brown | November 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Sonic Diaspora will be hosting Senegal’s Wagëblë at the Patty Boom Boom thanks to their sponsor, Nomadic Wax. The music starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

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African Hiphop Meets Democracy

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | September 15, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Nomadic Wax, a fair-trade international hip hop label as well as film, music, and event production company has launched another thought provoking and insightful look into the role hiphop in African politics following the success of their film, ‘Democracy in Dakar

This time they are out with ‘Democracy in Burundi’ and ‘Big up GB’, two mini-mixtapes focusing on youth and equality in Burundi and Guinea-Bissau.

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WAGEBLE: More than just a hip-hop duo

Written by Prudence Chauke | July 17, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Wageble is Senegalese hip-hop group made of two hard-core MC’s who go by the name  Eye-Witness and Waterflow, and together they named themselves Wageble, meaning “coming from the ghetto or a place where the less minority lives”. The hip-hop duo,  despite having attained fame and fortune, still feel profoundly connected to their chosen name, for they come from the heart of Dakar, the capital of Senegal, where poverty is a door step away. Determined to take that first step towards a thousand miles, the duo teamed up, creating a hip-hop movement bigger than they expected.

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Kae Sun Signs to Urbnet Records

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | January 19, 2009 | Leave a Comment

kae_darko_1.jpgOntario based Ghanaian singer/songwriter/poet Kae Sun has inked a licensing deal with Toronto’s venerable alternative and hip-hop label, Urbnet Records.  Urbnet is home to Moka Only, Grand Analog and The Carps, among others.  The agreement will see Kae Sun release his debut full-length album, ‘Lion on a Leash’ through Urbnet on August 25th 2009.

‘Lion on a Leash’ marks a change of direction with Kae Sun.  In this set, Kae Sun turns to a more acoustic, urban-folk influenced sound.  Flecks of Afrobeat, spoken word, gospel and hip-hop ebb and flow through Lion on a Leash, but all in all it is a more focused, folk-influenced collection.  Emphasis is placed on simple chord progressions and political lyricism, in which Kae Sun discusses the concept of the human condition, from love to greed, injustice to poverty.  The album is currently being recorded at Central Audio in Toronto and at Studio J in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Democracy in Dakar to Be Aired On TV

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | December 9, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Nomadic Wax and Sol Productions are proud to present the TV debut of their award winning film about youth, hip-hop and politics in Dakar, Senegal, “African Underground: Democracy in Dakar”

Democracy in Dakar explores the transformative role of hip-hop on politics in Senegal, West Africa during the February 2007 presidential election campaign. Looking at the election through the eyes of hip-hop artists around Dakar, Senegal’s capital, this documentary mixes interviews, freestyles, and commentary from journalists, artists, and politicians. Senegalese society is seen on the brink of democratic change, where hip-hop artists are one of the few groups un-afraid of speaking out, despite real attempts at intimidation.

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