Mina la Voilée is the literal definition of woman energy! With not many feminine emcees within the scene in Senegal, she elevates new heights amongst many feminine rappers. Mina la Voilée serves as resistance music in a approach since she speaks about vital points that have an effect on ladies in Senegal corresponding to gender inequality, the consequences of patriarchy upon ladies, and in addition feminine empowerment. What makes Mina la Voilée very distinctive is that she is a Hijabi rapper, which is nearly extraordinary as a result of in lots of Muslim communities, rap could be seen as taboo and is usually forbidden.
Her track “Woman Energy” (launched in 2020) speaks to feminine empowerment and is upliftment and a constructive affirmation for girls, notably ladies of shade. Her track is sung principally in Wolof, nevertheless, she does incorporate bits of English. The verses in her “Woman energy provides victory to Mammi” and “I’m a black queen” reinforces the concepts of feminism in music and in addition as a name to motion for girls to make use of their voices in opposition to the patriarchy in society and violence in opposition to ladies.
In Hip-Hop in Africa, Clark states that “even when ladies don’t problem gender oppressions immediately of their music, they signify that problem the second they determine to be hip-hop artists” (Clark, 2018). Feminine emcees are sadly challenged by hypermasculinity, misogyny, and unequal alternatives given to them versus their male counterparts. Once they do emerge within the discipline, they function a consultant of the underrepresented and as a residing testomony of woman energy, no matter whether or not or not they specific these concepts of their music. This might be stated in “Woman Energy” when Mina acknowledges Senegalese rapper Sister Fa, a revolutionary artist within the early years of Senegalese rap. Her simply being a feminine rapper alone and her music in fact has served as an incredible affect and inspiration to many feminine emcees throughout the African diaspora. Together with this, the messages portrayed of their music are highly effective inside themselves. Their music brings consciousness and upliftment of girls’s voices to a bigger platform.