When Senegal’s democracy came under threat from a president seeking a constitutionally questionable third term, a group of rappers decided to fight what they saw as an illegal expansion of power.

The group formed a coalition whose goal is to ensure political and social change in the West African country. The coalition, known as ‘Y’en a Marre’ (We’re Fed Up), provides a soundtrack to a movement they say is working to improve life for the average Senegalese through changes ranging from a more transparent government to cleaner streets.


Senegal’s hip-hop artists are voicing their nation’s anger and leading a movement to stop President Abdoulaye Wade from staging what they say is a constitutional coup.


April 4, 2012 / Upfront Africa
Ricci Shryock
Hip Hop is playing an important role in Senegal's democratic process—which rapper Red Black makes clear with his song "Na Dem."
March 20, 2012 / Untold Stories
Ricci Shryock
Senegal rappers and other musicians are leading a movement for political and social change. One of their goals is to defeat President Abdoulaye Wade's bid for an unconstitutional third term.