Managed to catch some live hip hop while in Dakar. It was in-fucking-credible. Switching between French, English, Wolof. The energy. The passion. The rhythm. So so good.
The bar was called Le Balajo. It was a small, dark, intense, brooding venue that suited the politically-inspired but fun brand of hip hop which Senegal is famous for.
Using a wide range of instruments — guitar, bass, keyboard, and the ever present drums — the artists wove layers of sound around their powerful lyrics. The beat is infectious.