- Category: PA 2011
Born in Dakar, Senegal in 1969, Didier Awadi is undoubtedly one of the most prominent artists to have emerged from Africa’s Francophone rap scene.
Bitten by the hip-hop bug in his early teens, Awadi launched a career as a rapper and DJ in the mid-80s and soon began to make a name for himself on the burgeoning local scene with his first group, Syndicate.
Fascinated by the American rap scene, Awadi partnered with Amadou Barry (aka Doug E Tee), to form Positive Black Soul, a duo whose sound borrowed from western aesthetic, yet was deeply infused with the artists’ cultural roots and African identity. Their music became widespread in Senegal and their fame spread further afield through live performances, tours and albums.
In his debut solo album, Parole D’Honneur (Word of Honor), Awadi shows his intelligent sense of Panafricanism, tackling many crucial themes such as debt, a dilapidated heritage and political tensions.
In 2004, Awadi released his second album UnAutre Monde Est Possible (Another World is Possible). In 2006, he released the album Sunugaal, then in 2010 he released Presidents D’Afrique (Presidents of Africa), a multimedia project that celebrates the history of Africa and the independences to date through using the biggest speeches of the founding fathers of Black Consciousness such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Kwame Nkruma, Thomas Sankara, Patrice Lumumba, among others
Not only a rapper and producer, but also a film director, Awadi released his film Le Point de vue du lion in 2011. Presented at the renowned Cannes International Film Festival in May 2011, the film spotlights key, eminent African figures like President Abou Diouf, Aminata Traore, Cheikh Amidou Kane and numerous others.
Still conscious and militant, Awadi is preparing a new movie project and album.