Mission Of Music - Gokh-Bi System

A Round World

For 20 years or more, North American hip hop has been finding its way into Africa on radio, cassettes and television. Motivated by the cultural power of this music, African youth have adopted and adapted the urban vibe to their own struggles, ironically giving hip hop renewed legitimacy as the North American scene is swallowed up by materialism. While the world waits for rap’s ‘next big thing’ to come from the inner city tenements of Detroit or New York, it may well come straight from Lagos, Cape Town or Dakar. Gokh-Bi System grew up in Guinaw Rails, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Dakar, Senegal. On their new EP they broach issues of poverty, inequality and injustice with a mix of rap, funk, soul and traditional sounds, representing a modern day griot music. Gokh-Bi literally means ‘Neighborhood’, a nod to the bands’ roots on the other side of the tracks in Guinaw Rails. Their personal ‘mission of music’ states that, “We were all born to be good, but some of us forget their mission and others forget that they forgot. We all need to remind each other.” GBS have taken the stage in support of some notable performers like Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, Michael Franti,Toots and The Maytals and many more. Though their debut EP from A Round World may be only 6 tracks, listeners can be assured of more killer and less filler. Find your copy at www.cdbaby.com/gokhbisystem