Published on April 23rd, 2019 | by Guest Editor0
Marieme Celebrates Senegal Independence Day With New Video
Senegalese American songstress Marieme is featured on the new Shaheed & Dixon track ‘Fi Moy Senegal.’ The song was written to commemorate Senegal’s Independence Day on April 4th. The idea for the song was born after Marieme returned home to perform with Akon this past December on national television: “I always knew I had to go back home, and I gained a new sense of freedom upon introducing myself to Senegal as a singer.” On meeting Akon: “I was able to meet Akon the night before the performance and after he said he had plans for me and so we’ll be working together very soon.”
‘Fi Moy Senegal’ is in three languages (English, French. Wolof) and Marieme said the fourth is the language of love. It definitely shines through in the video. The lyrics start “dem na fou neka, Gis na Lou neka, fenou dagoul fi, fi moy Senegal”. Translate to, “I’ve been everywhere, I’ve seen everything, nothing is better than here, this is Senegal.”
“Senegal to me is a powerful country, we are peaceful, stylish, community driven and gorgeous people, that’s what we wanted to capture with the song. Dixa and Shaheed are part of a Rap group in Senegal called Alien Zik and are well respected for their hip hop cyphers and their enlightening lyrics and flow.” explains Marieme.
Released originally on YouTube in her home country, it garnered so much attention it is now available in the states with plans to release the song on all streaming services in June, a perfect time for the summer tinged tune.
New to the scene, with just one EP (released last year) under her belt, Marieme has already shared the stage with notable players including African music legends Youssou N’dour and Baba Maal as well as Akon.