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There are a couple of exciting cultural events going on this weekend.

Several Senegalese Rappers from the Y’en A Marre (Enough is Enough) movement that helped thwart Abdoulaye Wade’s effort for a controversial (and constitutionally questionable) third term (almost exactly a year ago) will be performing at Tropicalia on U street this Friday.

You can read about the political harassment that one of the performers faced during the Wade administration here.

Read more about the event here:


You can read more about the host, Nomadic Wax, and a previous interaction with the DC policy community (in this case the Wilson Center) here (with full video).

Tickets are only $7.  I’m unable to attend, but I hope to hear from those of you who do.

Also going down, from this Thursday through Tuesday, is the 9th annual New African Films Festival at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring.  I have been to several  films at the previous two editions of this event.  So far, the Franco-Ivorian, ‘Beyond the Ocean’, stands out as a clear favorite.

More info here:


Speaking of the Ivory Coast, I will take advantage of the snowquester to publish (probably tomorrow) the analytical piece on the absence of Ivorian affairs from the DC policy community that I had promised over the weekend.