Keny Arkana

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Keny Arkana
Born (1982-12-20) December 20, 1982 (age 31)
Origin Marseille
Genres French hip hop, political hip hop
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Manu Chao
La Phaze
Ministère des affaires populaires
James Deano[1]
Segnor Alonzo
Website keny-arkana.com

Keny Arkana (French pronunciation: ​[keni aʁkaˈna] is an Argentine-French rapper who is active in the alter-globalization and civil disobedience movements. In 2004 she founded a music collective called La Rage du peuple, in the neighborhood of Noailles in Marseille.

Biography[edit]

Keny Arkana

Arkana was born on 20 December 1982 to an Argentine family in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, and raised in Marseille. Arkana began writing songs at the age of 12, and began rapping publicly about two years later.

She later founded a hip hop music group called Mars Patrie, followed by another called Etat-Major. Her status in the French hip hop circles of Marseille rose, and in 2003 Etat-Major released their debut mixtape.

Arkana released her first solo EP, Le missile est lancé ("The rocket is launched") in 2004. She released her first album, Entre ciment et belle étoile ("Between concrete and stars"), in October 2006. Her first single, La rage (2006), comments on the 2005 civil unrest in France.

Keny Arkana also launched a series of local social fora through the association Appel aux sans voix ("Call to the voiceless").[2]

Her later studio albums include L'Esquisse 2 (May 2011) and Tout tourne autour du soleil (December 2012).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Solo
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
BEL
Wa

FRA
[3]
SUI
2005 L'Esquisse 102
2006 Entre ciment et belle étoile 88 18 95
2008 Désobéissance 14 50
2011 L'Esquisse Vol. 2 32 11 69
2012 Tout tourne autour du soleil 72 20 61

EPs[edit]

As Etat-Major
  • 2003: Volume 1 (EP)
Solo
  • 2004: Le missile est lancé (EP)
  • 2006: La rage (EP)

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