SadraK (b. 1977)
Sadrak lives and works as a poet, singer, composer, and performer in Yaoundé and Douala. He co-founded the “HipHop développé” Collective and works with the label New-Bell Music. In Cameroon he is active in the young music and art scene.
In his texts, Sadrak links French and Bassa with urban slang. The history of hip-hop in Cameroon began with the band Negrissim’, founded in 1995, and its hip-hop de la Brousse; today Negrissim’ with Evindi, Sundjah, Sadrak, and DJ Max are continuing the hip-hop tradition. In 2012, their third album was released, Bantoo Plan Vol 1.
In 2001, the young artists embarked for several years on a initiation trip that crossed the borders of their own narrow existence; the aim was to get to know West Africa and themselves as well. Sadrak’s Rap de Bon Voyazinage memorably tells of this journey.
In the rhythm of his flow, Sadrak reports in his texts about the attitude toward life in Cameroon, about enjoyment of life, values, and a special kind of wealth, of being rich, in sub-Saharan Africa, beyond material goods and consumption. He raps about the power of nature, about opportunities to change, and about a common future.
In the songs “MaloMalam” and “OwéOwé” Sadrak slams with AdanGo Zulu and Lady B, supported by Dj KriSs and Dj Nils Monthe, about the Dance Floor of the New World and the spirit of togetherness. In “Text Appeal” he explores eroticism as a new, collective, borderless language.
Sadrak and HHD have partnered with Astrid S. Klein for the projects Hinter dem Wasser (Beyond the Water), Über die Grenze der Zweifel (Crossing Boundaries of Doubt), and Verflochtene Spuren (Entangled Traces). In 2012, they conducted joint preliminary research in Stuttgart on shared German-Cameroonian colonial history. In 2013, Sadrak was significantly involved in performances and events in Stuttgart.
His contribution to crossing-boundaries-of-doubt.net:
MASK AND STATUES OF OUR AFRICA