Thiaroye By The Sea
Thiaroye by the Sea (pronounced Chai-Roy) is a suburb of Dakar, Senegal. In 1944 the Senegalese soldiers stationed at Camp Thiaroye mutinied against their colonial oppressors, helping to catalyze the independence movements that swept across Africa. Today, even as Thiaroye has become one of Dakar’s poorest banlieues, the rebellion of those brave soldiers lives on in the residents’ ongoing fight against neo-colonialism. Thiaroye by the Sea follows one such resident, Sister LB, a fierce MC, on her musical journey towards self-discovery and women’s equality. This short documentary reflects on the empowering possibilities of rap music in Senegal while contending with the barriers of reigning misogyny, oppressive tradition, and a lack of female participation.