Toronto – There has been an acute shortage of venues in Toronto for organizing or promoting music. And this problem is recently faced by It’s OK*. It is the new live music series in Toronto, organized by Alicia Bee and Said Yassin. And so for their promotion, they were looking for a music venue, whose unavailability came as a shocking truth.
The month of January is not even completed, and artists are already finding it difficult to promote their music. This shows how serious or non serious the city is when it come to music.
So, to promote themselves, It’s OK* took to the oldest boxing gym in the city, Sully’s Boxing Gym. This was opened in 1943, and hence witnesses huge crowd every time. The organizers converted the boxing ring into the stage itself. And when the performances are delivered by Valee, the Chicago rising star, accompanied by the local heavyweights Sydanie and Just John x Dom Dias, the tickets literally sold out very fast. The dynamic stretching by Sydanie and other series players came in very handy this day.
The sole reason why this event became a huge success can be credited to Sydanie herself. She sparked the event and fueled it with her fire. Rest followed the rhythm and continued adding the charm.
For the second half of the event, she was backed up by The Dirty B-Sides, a live hip-hop band. The energetic performance of this band led people to sway their body to the music and enjoy the performance to the fullest. All of these rappers, though didn’t get an actual music platform to perform, still showed what a good future they hold.
The series got a great opening and hence, got a great start for further events.
Beats and Rhymes Played an Important Role in Senegalese Politics This Year
SENEGAL, AFRICA – Hip Hop, Beats and Rhymes have become the language of youth in the politics of Senegal. The campaigns that took place last month, for presidential elections, witnessed a huge involvement of hip hop artists and rap beats. And the reason for that is Demographics.
The average age of Senegal person is around 19 years. And this age group comprises of mostly the rappers. In the last elections of 2012, country’s largest social movement took place. Rappers were among the major founders of this social movement. That is the reason why this year’s election also includes a lot of rappers. All the leading candidates are running their campaigns with at least one rapper by their side.
One of the professors at Vassar College, Zachariah Mampilly, shares, “Many young people turn to hip-hop artists as being kind of the voice of the streets and providing them with a way to think about politics. Especially in the most recent presidential election, the use of rappers was a remarkably cynical attempt by these politicians to gain popularity with youth.”
Hip Hop is being used as a powerful medium to influence the youth. And this kind of power is not just limited to politics.
Journal Rappé, a newscast for people of Senegal, raps the news to the beat. It does not produce any new information. Rather, it picks the news that is already shared on televisions and mix it with a taste of music to reach the youth in an entertaining manner. Initially started out through YouTube, it soon caught the attention of mainstream media, just with its talent to attract wide number of netizens. And that shows how important beats have become to the youth of Senegal.
- Beats and Rhymes Played an Important Role in Senegalese Politics This Year April 22, 2019
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