Tiken Jah Fakoly
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Tiken Jah Fakoly is a reggae artist born in Cote d’Ivoire in Western Africa.
His career began in the 1990’s and he has released seven albums most
recently “L’Africain.” He sings both in French and in his native language of
As a result of his outspoken criticism of the government in his native
country, Tiken (as he is known to his fans) has been the target of
intimidation and death threats. He has lost several people close to him but
he remains an advocate both for reform of the political system in Cote
d’Ivoire and for the plight of disadvantaged people in Africa and throughout
the world. He was forced into exile in neighbouring Mali and now spends
time in France as well.
1. Should artists speak out about social issues that affect the people
or the society around them?? Why or why not??
2. When did Cote d’Ivoire gain its independence? From which
country did it gain its independence? Why?
1. Explain the definition of colonialism. Research one African country
that has been affected by colonialism. Describe the impact that it had
on the the economy, politics and social structure of the country. Do
you think it was a positive or negative experience for the country?
Explain why or why not.