Another Calabash Music alert (for those of you registered there): Calabash is offering a taste of the thriving hip-hop scene in Dakar, Senegal.
It’s a track by the female trio ALIF (Attaque Libératoire de l’Infanterie Féministe). To download the FREE MP3 “Bataxal,” follow this link.
You can hear “Bataxal” streaming on my Vox blog by clicking here.
I dug this melancholy groove before I even knew what the lyrics were about. Turns out “Bataxal” means “The Letter,” and it tells a tale of incest, according to SeneRAP magazine: “A mother sends a letter to her daughter telling her the story of how she was raped by her father: ‘I am your mother, but I’m also your sister...’”
ALIF is known for dealing with social issues in its music. And its 2004 CD “Dakamerap” got some attention internationally.
So take advantage of the freeness. The whole world is at your fingertips!