Born on December, 22nd 1972, Keyti, of his real name Cheikh Sène, is one of the first hardcore rapper emerging in the late mid-1990s in Senegal. He is one of founding members of the notorious hardcore trio Rap’Adio with Iba and Bibson.
In 1998, the group releases its debut album Ku Wéét Xam Sa Bopp (“Solitude teaches who we are”). This first album violently attacks all the established bands while accusing them of having distorted the initial purpose of Hip Hop that is to address society’s flaws. Rap’Adio members see themselves as the ‘soldiers of the street’ who use rap as a mean to denounce the harsh reality of those struggling with little means. In 2001, they released their second album, Soldaaru Mbed (Street soldiers) which denounced the problems of Senegalese society while using a hardhitting moralising tone. However, Rap’Adio could not survive the strong personalities and divergent beliefs of its members and eventually split.
Keyti went on with his solo career and, in 2003, he released his first solo album: Jog ak Daanu (Highs and Lows). In this eight tracks album, Keyti takes a less stringently moralising tone while, nonetheless, continuing to criticize the difficulties that youth faces, as well as the derives of political power and money. Musically speaking, Ibou N’Dour (Youssou N’Dour’s brother) and the keyboard player from Viviane N’Dour’s group contributed to the album. Keyti is currently preparing his second solo album. Since 2006, Keity has joined the West African hip hop collective AURA (United Artists for African Rap) as one of its Senegalese representatives. In AURA’s musical comedy, “The Extraordinary Stories of Poto-Poto children”, Keyti interprets Mamadi, a young boy chronically ill striving to survive in an health system ruled by money. Besides, Keyti actively participates in various media projects on Hip Hop Galsen.
1998 – Rap’Adio – Ku Wéét Xam Sa Bopp
2001 – Rap’Adio – Soldaaru Mbed
2003 – Keyti – Jok Ak Danuu
AURA (United Artists for African Rap)