African Underground

Vol. 1 Hip-Hop Senegal

cover of Vol. 1 Hip-Hop Senegal

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released 2004   Nomadic Wax/Notable

Hummable, LLC./ MAYCAN music publishing

Dan was asked to build a guerilla-style Nomadic recording rig to go to Africa and capture the sonic imprint of the brilliant rappers of Senegal, who single- handedly turned over a national election. Imagine if most of American rap had the punch and politics of Public Enemy and they effectively swung a national presidential election. That's what these impressive artists did in Senegal in 2001.

Dan jumped at the chance to join Ben Herson in Dakar, Senegal for this recording adventure.

Reviewed:

"A ground-breaking underground hip-hop album from Senegal sets the stage for things to come in hip-hop. "
-Brita Brundage - November 4, 2004


"The talent is impressive, the beats are aggressive and an underground vibe runs throughout."
- BBC World News


"This sounds like the true Afrofunk."
- Village Voice


"DJs from LA to Bergen are championing this essential compilation."
- XLR8R

"Senegalese rhymers pull no punches about poverty, war, corruption, globalization, injustice - and are invading the charts to boot."
-CMJ Review



"A protest so powerful, it may have helped push through the 2000 elections that finally broke the country free of one-party rule."
- Boston Phoenix


"Fans of hip-hop's pure fusion of beats and words (even if they're non-translated) will find plenty to nod their heads to."
-Boston Phoenix


Produced and mixed by Notable Productions. Additional songwriting by Dan Cantor. Guitar, bass and keys by Dan Cantor of Notable Productions.

First in a number of co-productions with Benny Herson at Nomadic Wax

updated: 6 years ago