Founded in 2013 by Xuman and Keyti, two leading rappers in Senegal, Journal Rappé is a news broadcasting programme where presenters and correspondents rap the news stories. This combination of a history of hip-hop and the opportunities of new technologies constitutes a key example of the vibrant creativity but also of the social commitment of youth in Senegal. Its transmedia format, disseminated across multiple platforms (radio, TV and the Internet) offers a space where to contest hegemonic media and political discourses. It has fostered a new “citizen-artist journalism” with in-depth commentaries on political, social and economic issues, that challenges the boundaries between art, activism, journalism and digital media.
Through a thorough curation of news concerning the Senegalese population, particularly, Journal Rappé re-claims power through the creation of power from alternative media, through music, digital media and activism. Finally, it reflects on the impact this rapped news broadcasting programme has been having and the kind of topics addressed in order to counter-act the mainstream Senegalese and “Western” media hegemonic discourses.
As a part of the Münchener Biennale 2020, Journal Rappé proposes 10 daily live episodes plus one final performance on the last day of the BIennale. Centred on Africa essentially, each episode will discuss a topic related to the continent, going from politics to environment, youth, development, etc. That unique platform will give the two rappers the opportunity to share their vision of a vibrant, fast-growing, multiple-challenges facing continent while keeping the satirical and irreverent formula of the show.
Many a "NEW Return" is appearing quicker and more unexpectedly as previously thought. Due to the omnipresent effects of the corona crisis we will, together with our collaboration partners, react in a flexible manner. The Munich Biennale will become a dynamic festival in Munich and elsewhere.
Operations have been interrupted in almost all of the theaters and opera houses. This also affects our preparations and rehearsals. For this reason we have reached the following decision: world premieres that cannot be performed in Munich in May 2020 will celebrate their premieres elsewhere or in Munich on a different date.
We are planning to publish the Biennale program in May 2020 in order to conceptually present the entire festival. The Munich Biennale will begin as a physical festival at different locations. The theme and spirit should culminate in the "Salon of Wonders and Views" as a connective element over a long period of time at different locations and always viewable via a live stream. In this manner the issues of new music theater and the Biennale theme "Point of NEW Return" will be reflected and perpetuated.
The advance sale of tickets has been postponed until further notice. We are in close consultations with our partners and the responsible authorities, we will keep you up to date on our website, our social media channels and the newsletter.