Dakar – Three Senegalese singers, including two women, were nominated among the finalists of the 2020 edition of the “RFI Discovery Prize”, Radio France international (RFI), initiator of this award, announced in a press release received on APS on Friday.
Rapper Moonaya, whose real name is Awa Mounaya Yanni, Jean Baptiste Louis, better known by the stage name “JsideB” and Mame Marème Touré aka Mamy Cruz, are the Senegalese singers who appear on this list of finalists.
Senegalese-Beninese Moonaya, singer-songwriter, has been working in the hip-hop world since 2001. She is a lawyer through training and practice of ‘committed and humanistic’ rap.
“I am concerned about the society in which I live, about the problems and challenges facing young people and especially women on my continent, Africa. My rap wants to be a humanist in the sense that he is interested in the individual, whatever he is in his feelings, his failures, successes and fears… ”she said in a presentation note.
Moonaya was a silver medalist at the La Francophonie Games that took place in Ivory Coast in 2017.
“JsideB”, rapper who has evolved in hip-hop since 2012, is revealed by a musical identity “deeply introspective”, where one “waltzes between melodies and techniques and especially between musicality and richness of the lyrics”.
He now leads a solo career after a period in the group “Omochen”, and trained and perfected in computer graphics, visual language and sound engineer.
Guitarist Mame Marème Touré, who plays a variety of folk music, started singing in 2008. She is the author of several singles and has accompanied several Senegalese artists.
These three Senegalese singers will compete against artists from other African countries, including Manamba Kanté (Guinea), Amy Yerewolo (Mali), D6bel (Chad), Nix Ozay and Young Ace Waye (Congo Brazaville), Mike Kayihura (Rwanda), Shan ‘L (Gabon).
The name of the winner will be revealed on December 10 by a professional jury of ten members chaired by the Ivorian rapper “DIDI B”.
The RFI Discovery Award was created in 1981 with the aim to showcase new musical talents from the African continent every year.
The singers Marèma Fall (2014), Naby (2009) and Dj Awadi (2003) were the winners of the RFI Discovery Prize. Likewise Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast), Rokia Traoré and Amadou and Mariam (Mali).