Y'en a marre (»We're fed up«) is a group of Senegalese rappers and journalists who have been protesting against grievances within the government since January 2011, calling on young people in particular to become politically active. The movement originally emerged in 2011 as a reaction to the frequent power cuts in Dakar. However, the movement's criticism quickly turned to other problems within Senegalese politics and society. With publications, concerts and rallies as well as a growing network of regional members (»the spirit of Y'en a marre«), the movement advocates for new ways of thinking and living (»The New type of Senegalese«). In order to prevent former President Wade's third term in office, the group mobilised young people in particular. After Wade was voted out of office, they remained active. They organise meetings and shows. At the same time, they call on the government to implement promised reforms.
Initially, the protests refer to a crisis in electricity supply. Later, there are more general demonstrations for social justice and an end to the corrupt regime. After Wade's re-election was prevented, they remain committed to implementing promised reforms and forming new ways of thinking and living.
The regime and the police tried to suppress the protests. They often reacted with police violence, and in February 2021 with arrests. Despite resistance, further protests were organised until the election. In 2012, former president Abdoulaye Wade lost the election to a third, controversial term. Even after the election, the group remained active. For several years, the movement was followed on film by Rama Thiaw. »The Revolution Won't Be Televised« (110 min.) portrays the movement and was awarded the prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the Berlinale in 2016.
Hip-hop musicians: Thiat (Cheick Oumar Cyrille Touré), Fou Malade (Malal Talla), Kilifeu, among others; journalists: Sheikh Fadel Barro, Aliou Sane, Denise Sow, among others.