Rapping with a French Twist!

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As part of Francophonie celebrations and in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada in India, the Senegalese-Quebecois rapper Webster performed for packed audiences in Mumbai (Mar 17), Bangalore (Mar 19), Chandigarh (Mar 22), and Delhi (Mar 23). Several workshops were also organised as part of this tour with sessions focusing on Canada’s multiculturalism, diversity, and francophone heritage.

Webster

Webster

Aly Ndiaye, also known as Webster, was born and raised in Quebec’s Limoilou neighborhood. Born to a Senegalese father and a Quebecois mother, he considers his mixed lineage a source of pride and proudly presents himself as SénéQueb. Webster is one of the pioneers of the Quebec hip-hop movement and has been active on the music scene since 1995. He was the founding member of the Limoilou Starz collective and is renowned for the quality of his texts and the depth of his words.

Webster performing at AF Delhi

Webster performing at AF Delhi

Apart from being a rapper, Webster is also an activist and is very socially-involved. He frequently delivers lectures on a multitude of topics ranging from cultural diversity to the social impact of hip-hop among youth. A recurrent theme in his engagement is the Black presence in Quebec and Canada since the beginning of the 17th century. To better disseminate this information, he set up the QC History X (a guided tour of Quebec City) which highlights this often elided part of history.

Webster making the crowds sway on his Indian tour

Webster making the crowds sway on his Indian tour

Keeping his francophone roots in mind, Webster also conducts writing workshops on the creative use of French through rap. He has visited several American universities including Harvard, MIT, Howard, Georgetown, and UCLA. Having performed in countries throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America, Webster is truly a testament to the power of music as a tool for social change!

A clip of his song Everyday can be found here :

 

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

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