Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Carlou D real/full name is Ibrahima Loucard, he was in 1979,is a Senegal’s hip-hop performing artist
Early Life and Background
Born in one of Dakar’s suburbs in 1979, Ibrahima Loucard grew up
under the musical eye of his father, who initiated him into the vast
and varied styles of music of that time. Immediately hooked on the
sounds, Carlou D, as he and his band are known, left school at sixteen
and started performing on local stages set up around his neighbourhood.
a successful single release in 2002 Carlou was noticed by Senegal’s
hard-hitting political rapper, Didier Awadi, who invited him to join
Positive Black Soul, the country’s first, and arguably most successful,
hip-hop group. With PBS, Carlou toured the world and adopted a voice
which would speak out about social ills and political situations. “The
part of hip-hop which I have kept in my music is the courage to be
direct,” says Carlou. He left the band in 2004, when the members of
Positive Black Soul went their own way.
Now performing as a solo
artist for four years, and with a debut album under his belt, Carlou D
is a recognisable figure in his traditional Muslim robes with the image
of his spiritual guide around his neck. Like World Circuit recording
artist Cheikh Lo, Carlou belongs to one of Senegal’s spiritual sects,
the Baay Fall, and takes much of his musical inspiration from his
spiritual guide, Cheikh Ibra Fall.
But purity, simplicity and
above all, respect for others, are the cornerstone of Carlou D’s
concept. Taking the essence of the Baay Fall philosophy, the outspoken
qualities of hip-hop, and musical elements of jazz, soul, rap, and
acoustic roots, Carlou D is an illuminating presence on stage. An
exceptional guitarist with a pure voice and infectious sense of rhythm,
Carlou D’s second solo album will definitely make him one of Senegal’s
next great musical exports.
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