Hip-hop was born in Brooklyn, but it has ancestors back in Africa. So when three Senegalese musicians from the slums of the capital, Dakar, formed a hip-hop group, it was only natural that they brought the music back to its roots, fusing the American form with the West African styles that were its predecessors generations in the past.
On the U.S. side, Gokh-Bi System draws its inspiration from positive, politically conscious rappers like KRS-One—its name is Senegalese for “neighborhood system,” part of the group’s message of universal brotherhood. It’s a little disconcerting at first to hear smooth, R&B-flavored jams weaving around traditional instruments, but the juxtaposition makes perfect sense.
Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Ave. S. Twin Cities MN 55454 612-338-2674 $12/$15
Thu. Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
Source : twincities