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SENEGAL – Massamba Guèye wants to democratize the story

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In his book “Art oratoire: auto regeneratiescence du conte” Massamba Guèye says that storytelling is not a trivial act. To tell is to reveal a position, sometimes a struggle, an ideology, a state of mind. To tell is to commit oneself somewhere, not to accept to suffer things. Despite the modernity of the communication tools, the tale is at the heart of our cities. It remains, it lives on, it continues. Like a chameleon, it adapts. Nowadays, storytelling has gone from a social practice to a storytelling tool to promote the values of the past. To learn more, the Ze-Africanews team went to meet him for an exclusive interview.


By adapting to the different spaces, both the storyteller and the tale became spectacular in every sense of the word before appropriating these same spaces, as well as their audiences, for their survival. This study by Dr. Massamba Guéye, Storyteller and Expert in Oratory Art, allows us to understand why storytelling has become an art of the stage before showing how, through the choice of certain dominant themes, neo-storytellers, while extending certain invariants, They are based on the political-ideological approach to a modern society in the midst of a crisis of values. It is a question of trying to understand the mechanisms of its self-regeneration.

Biography
Dr. Massamba Guèye did a unique thesis at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar in 2009/2010 in Senegal. He has been a French teacher since 1992. He also produces, directs and hosts the bilingual radio program “Contes et légendes” Français/Wolof on RSI every Wednesday and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. since 2001. In addition, he writes the weekly column on languages and Literatures «Maux des mots» on the national television of Senegal RTS1. A storyteller, playwright and poet, he took a closer look at the world of orality and African languages, especially the Wolof that he learned to write from 1979 in Louga. Since 1986, he has been researching the richness and quality of Wolofs expressions according to the different levels of public culture during his storytelling sessions in festivals and theatre around the world. He is also an international consultant in culture and pedagogy. Massamba Guèye is the author of several storytelling and theatre books, including Héritage et autres contes… ,Dakar, 2002, Ed Le Nègre International, 57p; Modou le riche bavard, Dakar, 2002, Ed Le Nègre International, 25p; Tout conte fait … (cd-book ) , Dakar, 2008, Ed Le Nègre International, 57p; Sénegaltés, paroles africains (théâtre), Dakar, 2011, Ed Le Nègre International, 57p; Le Totem, et Les aventures des sœurs gourmandes (book de lecture du Ministère de l’Education Nationale), Ed de la Brousse, 2010.

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SENEGAL – Fatimata Diallo BA: The Glow of the Feather Winner

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Fatimata Diallo BA, a French-Senegalese writer, recently made her mark on literary minds by winning the prestigious Cénacle Prize for Young Writers of Senegal in 2023 with her poignant novel «Rouges Silences».

Originally from Dakar, Fatimata grew up in a rich cultural atmosphere, and her academic background led her to the university benches in Poitiers and Paris, where she studied Classics. This Franco-Senegalese acquired a unique perspective, merging the literary influences of the two cultures that shaped her.

With seventeen years of experience teaching in the suburbs of Paris, Fatimata Diallo BA decided to return to Senegal, where she currently works as a teacher of French and Latin at the prestigious Jean Mermoz French High School in Dakar. Her dedication to education and the transmission of knowledge is reflected in her active commitment to her students.

«Rouges Silences», his award-winning work, is a testament to Fatimata’s literary sensibility. The novel, on deep and universal themes, captivated the jury of the Cénacle Young Writers Prize, attesting to the author’s exceptional talent.

In addition to her literary success, Fatimata Diallo BA is also known for her dynamic involvement in various literary meetings and fairs. Her love for sharing literature and promoting dialogue around the book is evident in her active participation in these events.

With «Rouges Silences», Fatimata Diallo BA asserts herself as an emerging voice that deserves attention and recognition in the contemporary literary landscape. Her commitment to education and her talent as a writer promise a promising future, making her an inspiring figure for future generations of writers in Senegal and beyond.

Source: Senegal Njaay

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SENEGAL – Exclusive interview with Yussu Dumbia a.k.a Y.DEE

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As part of the 9th edition of the Galsen Hip-Hop Awards, the Ze-Africanews team met Y.DEE the initiator of this cultural project.

Y.DEE lives between Senegal and the United States, he returns every year for this program in the city of Dakar. Host, columnist and rapper, he told us about his career, his impressions at the end of the 9th edition of the Galsen Hip Hop Awards edition 2023. During this edition the 50 years of Hip Hop were celebrated.

The African continent was represented at this edition. The older generation was honoured as forerunners and elders in the field.

Rwanda was the sponsor of this edition.

The full interview is available here:

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CULTURE-LIVRE – Journalist Madiambal Diagne publishes a book on the history of Adji Sarr and Ousmane Sonko

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The head of the press group Avenir Communication, which claims on all rooftops its proximity with President Macky Sall, announced this Friday, July 21, 2023 the release of its «investigation book» on the story that led Ousmane Sonko and the young masseuse Adji Sarr before the Criminal Chamber of Dakar on 23 May.

I am announcing the release of my investigation into the Adji Sarr – Ousmane Sonko case. The book “Ousmane Sonko – Adji Sarr: History”, will be sold on Monday, July 24 everywhere. The preface is by Hamidou Anne. I am published by Daily Editions,” he wrote on Twitter.

It should be noted that Hamidou Anne who prefaced this book is also one of the most virulent detractor of the Senegalese opponent. His columns are published on the website and the newspaper of the press group held by Madiambal Diagne, author of the book published by his own publishing house.

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