Many years in the works, Ben Herson's Democracy In Dakar project has made its way online via the collaborative efforts of his Nomadic Wax label and Sol Productions. In 2001, Herson and and sound engineer Dan Cantor traveled to Senegal, set up a makeshift studio and invited local emcees to come record tracks. The results of that and several subsequent visits can be heard on African Underground: Vol 1, Hip Hop Senegal and Depths Of Dakar coming in May. Having discovered the social and political vigilance of many Senegalese artists, Herson embarked on the Democracy In Dakar multimedia project, including an eponymous documentary which is now travelling around the United States, with a stop tonight at Echo Park Film Center in LA. If you can make it you should. If not, watch the first episode above and the other episodes here or here. President Wade was re-elected in Senegal's February elections, certified by several international groups as fair and honest, but we'll leave it to the streets of Dakar to determine whether that's correct.
Video: Democracy In Dakar
April 04, 2007