Sen Kumpe - Freedom
Sen Kumpë came together in the populous district of Medina, Senegal in the early nineties as rappers Bourba Djoloff and Baay Sen teamed up with producer Ama Diop to harness the power of political protest through music. Poverty, poor education, and unemployment created the social context for the spirit of these Senegalese rappers who, within the first 3 years of their debut, attracted the attention of other accomplished musicians and producers an participated in the "D-Kill Rap" compilation. "D-Kill Rap" turned out to be a historical amalgamation of the most controversial Senegalese rappers and, alongside the album "Rapadio", signified the importance of rap as an emerging musical genre in Senegal. Sen Kumpë quickly grabbed a place in the movement as a force to be reckoned with. In 2000 the group released "Politichien" as a commentary on the presidential elections. The compilation spoke to people who had been oppressed for forty years by a regime that was unable to meet the changing needs of the population. Sen Kumpë's two releases were wildly popular but the group experienced a minor setback when founding members Baay Sen and Ama Diop left the group in 2003. They were quickly replaced by Books, a young rapper who has often been described as one of the most innovative of his generation. Sen Kumpë quickly entered a new dimension of writing that included the lexicon of the underground scene in Dakar.