The Senegalese hip-hop stars Xuman and Keyti will present during this year’s Munich Biennale with their satirical news program “Journal Rappé” ten topical episodes of rapped news and themed segments. This project was developed in the hip-hop movement and has been using since 2013 the possibilities offered by digital channels such as YouTube or Facebook to ignite and support social commitment and an interest in politics among the youth in Senegal. As a cross-over media format it creates a space for an alternative discussion and is an astounding example of these two African artists’ sparkling creativity. One result from this is a journalism of citizens and artists that goes beyond the normal standards, and which deals intensively with socio-political and economic subjects and questions the boundaries between art, activism, and gridlocked communication routes.
In “Journal Rappé” Xuman and Keyti curate pointed news reports that have to do in particular with the Senegalese population. The subjects are issues involving politics, the environment, the youth, or development. With this they are presenting a counterweight to the dominant media coverage in Senegal and the West.
As part of the Munich Biennale “Journal Rappé” will produce from May 15 to May 24 a daily, new live video premiere on topical subjects; afterwards they will discuss these subjects with the online audience. This unique platform offers these two rappers the opportunity to share their vision of a vibrant, rapidly growing continent that is confronted with extreme challenges.
Language: English, French, Wolof
Duration: ca. 10 Min.
Episode 1 – ONCE UPON A TIME WAS THE FUTURE:
Episode 2 – WHO WE ARE:
Episode 3 – HOME IS WHERE DIGNITY IS:
Episode 4 – POSTCARD:
Episode 5 – CREATIVITY FIRST:
Episode 6 – AFRICAN LOVE:
Episode 7 – AFRO IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Episode 8 – STEREOTYPES AND MYTHS, NOT FACTS!:
Episode 9 – ECORESPONSIBILITY:
Episode 10 – NEW FUTURE:
Coproduction of the Munich Biennale with the Music In Africa Foundation
In cooperation with the Siemens foundation
Funded by the Goethe institute
Some “NEW Return” results faster and more unexpected than expected. Due to the ubiquitous effects of the Corona Pandemic, the Munich Biennale 2020 will for the first time become a dynamic festival. Premieres that cannot be released in Munich in May 2020 due to the pandemic will be premiered elsewhere, or in Munich at a different time.
The Munich Biennale will not stream performance-replacement pieces. It will not go online as a whole. The Internet is used primarily to provide impulses for later, physically real performance situations. We assume that many of the productions planned for the 2020 Biennial will see the light of day over the next eighteen months. The theme and spirit are to take place in the “Salon of Wonder and Views” as a unifying element over a longer period of time in various locations in a pointed manner.
In all existential crises, the arts have been a (co)decisive moment of renewal, of rethinking, of reflection, of departure, of conversion, of NEW Return, for each individual as well as for the community. Thus the dynamic Munich Biennale 2020/2021 is, with its motto “Point of NEW Return”, a metaphor for the necessary flexible handling of our present and a model for mobility, topicality and relevance of the arts.