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Malick Jabir is a slam artist, member of the Friday Slam collective in Dakar. He is also a teacher of English and French.
Born in 1983, he grew up listening to rap, the music of the 90s imported from the USA and France, but imposed on Senegal by the most popular African rap group of the time “Positive Black Soul”. His passion for this musical style led him to write texts very early on at the age of 15, then to participate in rap battles then organized by the late Dj Makhtar, but just for “fun”.
It was in 2009, by leading writing workshops that Jabir regained his passion for poetry and decided to take up Slam. He joined the Friday Slam collective, which then organized slam evenings at Point-E (Dakar) every fortnight. Since then, he has been performing scenes across Dakar. From the restaurant “Just 4 U” through the French Institute which hosts the Friday Slam every year for “La Grande Nuit Du Slam”, through the Jazz festival in Saint-Louis, to the festival “Spier Poetry” in Cape Town, today Jabir and Friday Slam have become essential on the slam stages in Senegal.
After releasing a collective album named ‘S for Slam’ with Friday Slam in 2015, Jabir released in 2017 an EP titled Poezik-1er Semestre.