Nigerien hip hop
|Music of Niger|
Rap Nigerien is a mélange of different languages spoken in Niger. Sampled music is often mellow, and is mixed with the traditional music, although more aggressive dance styles have been mixed in, reflecting influences of French, American, and other West African hip hop styles (especially Ivorian hip hop). Niger's hip hop scene grew from humble beginnings to dominate much of Niger's musical market. Young, dissatisfied Nigeriens have used the form to talk about things which anger them - forced marriages, child labor, corruption, poverty and other problems. Local recordings are mostly sold on cassette tapes and compact discs, as with most forms of contemporary West African popular music.
Rap Nigerien began to appear in UNICEF cultural center music programmes as bands performed in benefit shows and contests. In August 2004, UNICEF opened its "Scene Ouverte Rap", where 45 new groups entered selections among an informal count of 300 existing groups. Shows took place at Niamey's Jean Rouch Centre Culturel Franco – Nigerien (CCFN) in August 2004.
The CCFN remains a major venue for Nigerien hip hop through 2008, hosting a regular competition series called the "Clash Party".
Many of these first groups are still active, including Tchakey, Kaidan Gaskya, Almamy Koye & WassWong, and Goro G. Diara Z, an Ivorian hip hop artist, was also living in Niamey at the time and was influential in the Niamey rap scene. Other successful groups include Black Daps, Berey Koy, Federal Terminus Clan, Haskey Klan, Kamikaz, Rass Idris, 3STM (Sols, Tataf et Mamoud), PCV (puissance, connaissance et verité) and Metafor.
- Vernissae du 2E Album Groupe Wass-Wong. T-Nibon-C: un album très engagé. Mahamadou Diallo "Le Républicain Niger": 4 July 2007.
- Historique du Hip Hop Nigerien, Nigerap 12-04-2004
- Detailed Fofo Magazine - Culture et musique du Niger: popular culture magazine, produced by the "Association culturelle de promotion de la culture nigérienne", focused since the 1990s on Hip-Hop.
- nigerime.com: Portail du Hip-Hop Nigerien
- Niger - Spéciale Hip Hop. Radio France International, 1 June 2006.
- Historique du Hip Hop Nigerien, Nigerap 12-04-2004.
- L’interview du groupe de Rap nigérien MTS Matassa. parcourslemonde.com
- Film: le festival documentaire Visions du Réel en musique Film Vibrations Music: 30 April 2007.
- Et rappe le Niger: Emergence de nombreux groupes. Mélanie Bosquet, Radio France International, Niamey : 26 July 2005.