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...p hop is Senegal. Senegalese hip hop artists claim that their music is deeply rooted in the griot movement. They have taken their native influence of griot storytellers by using traditional Senegalese instruments and using a rhythmic style called Taasu which is characterized as something used by the native griots along with Western style. Author Khalil Saucier describes this fusion as something great: “The incorporation of local instruments is thus an explicitly indigenizing strategy that recognizes the diasporic nature of hip-hop while aurally marking the “Senegaleseness” of these particular recordings.” Although for many years, Africans have had a fascination with all things western, there has been some agency in taking something that was popularized in America and making it fully African. They have adapted the very acclaimed American culture and made it their own.
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